"I say to the Lord, 'You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.'"
Today, we arrived at Psalm 16, a psalm devoted to the pleasure and security of following God.
I'm used to thinking of the books of Psalms as stuffed with these joy and pleasure-filled poems, but our experience reading and discussing the book has revealed how rare they really are. The number of psalms that could sensibly be illustrated by anything remotely like a Thomas Kinkaid painting is pretty low. Most psalms confront God, or confront injustice, or express unsatisfied longing. Here, we are given a pause, a green pasture, written by a poet who knew the depths of despair, but who finds himself in the pleasure and security of fellowship of God.
- Are you prepared to rejoice when God leads you into pleasant, secure times?
- What has God shown you lately that reminds you of the beauty and pleasure that he'll inaugurate on the new earth through the work of his Messiah?
- What does it mean when the psalmist says that the Lord is his portion and cup?
Read the whole Psalm at the bottom of this update
Wheatstone's requests and praises:
Peter and Lisa - Now that Chad and Veronica have moved on, Peter and Lisa are juggling a lot more diverse tasks than usual. Pray for wisdom as they prioritize and simplify, and for a great team of new volunteers, interns, and staff members.
THE ACADEMY CAMPS
Summer Camp Registration - Pray that God would fill the camp with students and leaders who need its ministry, and tell your friends!
Summer Camp Facilities - Pray that we would confirm and secure all the locations and events we want in order to make this a truly spectacular event.
CHRISTIAN ADULTHOOD TRAININGS
Discussion for Transformation - We have a Discussion for Transformation with Santa Margarita Community Church on Saturday. Pray that God would use it to advance Christian adulthood ministry for their youth.
From Duty to Discipleship - Our next From Duty to Discipleship event is a Public Training on April 8. Pray for the success of both events, and for broader awareness of this (our newest) training.
Christian Adulthood 101 - Peter is currently finishing our next training, Christian Adulthood 101. We think that this could become our most popular, important training event. Pray that Peter would have what he needs to launch the event within the next couple months!
New Church and School Relationships - Pray that God would open more great relationships with churches and schools who need the Christian adulthood message and methods.
New 2017 Benefactors - We need to find additional benefactors this year in order to grow. Pray that God would bring a few friends along who want to make Christian adulthood ministry part of their legacy.
New 2017 Monthly Givers - We're behind our goal to cover all fixed costs with Monthly Gifts. Pray that God would bring a new community of friends to give a little bit to Wheatstone every month, forming a more secure foundation for Christian adulthood ministry.
This Week's Psalm
Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.”
As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight.
The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names on my lips.
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.