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This week we have looked at the Good News of Jesus. He is the True Vine. Apart from him we are dead. When we accept the gift of grace, that he died for our sins and made us clean by his blood and we cling to him, when we are connected to him his life will flow through us and we can bear fruit.

We don’t have to be anything, do anything or earn his love in anyway and in the pruning seasons we can trust that he is accomplishing something in us, a transformation that will yield fruit, the fullness of joy and bring him glory. This joy is more satisfying than the moments of happiness that the world can offer. It is eternal, lasting joy that captivates our heart.

Read this Psalms prayerfully and thoughtfully. See how it also points to Jesus.

Psalm 16

A miktam[a] of David.

Keep me safe, my God,
    for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    apart from you I have no good thing.”
I say of the holy people who are in the land,
    “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
    I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
    or take up their names on my lips.

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
    you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    nor will you let your faithful[b] one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

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