There is an old hymn penned by Henry Lyte titled ‘Abide With Me’.  The third verse begins “I need Thy presence every passing hour.”  Too often I forget this truth and try to do things on my own.  I need to realize that no matter the situation, I need the presence of God in every aspect of my life.  When things are not going so well I need Him to lift me up and give me strength and courage.  When things are going well I need to remember that He is the reason for that and I need Him to help me continue on the proper path.  I need Him all the time.

    Psalms 16:8 in the New Living Translation says “I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.”  He is with me all the time and realizing this gives me the comfort and assurance I need.  There may be things in my life that may upset me or try to pull me away from Him, but as long as I stay close to Him, He will stay close to me.


Published by Ray Richards