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I must soon rush out the door, transformed into the seventh grade teacher that I am. Research papers, classroom discipline, curriculum work…all of these things will consume the majority of my day. But, perhaps like me, you need a few words of encouragement, a few words to hang your life on today, and a promise that the strength you feel now will be just enough before you rush to the tasks assigned to you.

Listen to these words from Psalm 16:

Keep and protect me, O God, for in You I have found refuge, and in You do I put my trust and hide myself.

I say to the Lord, You are my Lord; I have no good beside or beyond You.

As for the godly (the saints) who are in the land, they are the excellent, the noble, and the glorious, in whom is all my delight.

Their sorrows shall be multiplied who choose another god; their drink offerings of blood will I not offer or take their names upon my lips.

The Lord is my chosen and assigned portion, my cup; You hold and maintain my lot.

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good heritage.

I will bless the Lord, Who has given me counsel; yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons.

I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my inner self] rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety,

10 For You will not abandon me to Sheol (the place of the dead), neither will You suffer Your holy one [Holy One] to see corruption.

11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

Our Heavenly Father delights in us and wants to be enough for us today. Let us set the Lord continually before us.

Amen

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