URC Daily Devotion Sunday 27th September 2020 Psalm 16

Sunday 27th September Psalm 16 

1 Protect me, God, I trust in You
I tell You now, ‘You are my Lord’.
On You my happiness depends.
Protect me, God, I trust in You.

2 Your people are a chosen race
And I delight in faithful friends,
But pagan ways I will not share.
Protect me, God, I trust in You.

3 Lord God, You are my food and drink
My work for You is joy indeed,
Glad is the heritage that’s mine.
Protect me, God, I trust in You.

4 Thank You, my Lord, for warning me,
By night and day You guide my thoughts
With You before me, I stand firm.
Protect me, God, I trust in You.

5 So now I’m glad in heart and soul
For I have found security
Among the dead I shall not rot.
Protect me, God, I trust in You.

6 Not death, but life, shall be my path
Abundant joy Your presence grants
An honoured place, and happiness.
Protect me, God, I trust in You.

Paraphrase of Psalm 16, Michael Saward (born 1932)
© Michael Saward/Jubilate Hymns

you can hear v1 here


I have no defence but God. In the face of all that life throws at me, I place my trust in God. God is my protector, my sanctuary.
God’s ways tend towards goodness, so I strive to follow them. God has my devotion, allegiance and fidelity.

I ask for the strength, courage, and inspiration to truly be a beacon of God’s nature, blessing and joy.

I weep for the world, split by violence, fear and selfishness. I weep for myself as I struggle for unity, peace, comfort and equity.
I give thanks that my life is held within God. Whatever life brings, I will trust in God. There is always a silver lining, a lesson to look back on, an opportunity for goodness. A struggle can bring strength. A mistake can bring wisdom. The moment may be overwhelming but time can give perspective.

I give thanks for the still small voice, the urgings of my conscience, and the insights of dreams.

I strive to keep my focus upon God, to remember God’s presence beside me, to cheer my heart, lift my spirit, and quieten my fears.
In life, and in death, I am within God. The blessing of life is before me and God invites me to experience, share and celebrate its joy and delights.


Protect me God, I trust in you.
When it is hard, and when it is easy – trust in God.
When I am safe, and when I am unsure – trust in God.
When life affirms, and when it denies – trust in God.
In life and in death – trust in God. Amen


Today’s writer

The Rev’d David Coaker serves with Grays URC in Essex.


New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Copyright © 2020 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you have subscribed to the Daily Devotions from the United Reformed Church. You can unsubscribe by clicking on the link below.

Our mailing address is:

United Reformed Church

86 Tavistock Place

London, WC1H 9RT

United Kingdom

Add us to your address book