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... Set the Lord Always Before Me

Old Testament

A Sermon on Psalms 16:8

I have set the LORD always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. (ESV)

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What is the secret to a life of spiritual longevity? How did saints of old overcome the daily battle of temptation and trouble? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds on the great psalm of David in Psalm 16:8 to share this secret. It is the daily decision to actively set the Lord always before us. This daily spiritual discipline enables us to face the uncertainty of the future without fear as we consider who the Lord is and who we are to him. Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages our hearts with a gracious reminder that there are two things we can do to “set the Lord before us.” First, we must make an active decision to consciously remind ourselves of God. It is an act of determination to think on the Lord and what he has done, otherwise our lives will be swept into busyness and God becomes secondary in our thoughts and affections. Secondly, after we set our hearts steadfastly on seeking the presence of God, we turn to the means of communion with God. We seek him through prayer and reading Scripture. They are the means of communing with God on days we feel like seeking him as well as the days our hearts feel cold and distant from him. Find encouragement from Dr. Lloyd-Jones’ preaching on David’s resolute desire to battle temptation and find comfort in setting the Lord always before him.

Additional Scripture Translations

Psalms 16:8, New American Standard Bible

8I have set the Lord continually before me;

Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalms 16:8, King James Version

8I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.