What extraordinary words! King David boils the entire spiritual life down to one phrase. If somehow we could learn to set the Lord always before us, life would be so much easier. Not easier in the sense that nothing bad would ever happen to us, but easier in the sense that God’s strong and loving presence would be with us whatever the circumstance. Centuries later, Brother Lawrence would call this “practicing the presence of God.” It is both a perspective and a practice. It is a way of living life in which we are always conscious of the presence of God within and around us. Everything that happens to us is seen and interpreted through those lenses, whether we are in the midst of the dark night, or reveling in the abundance of this life, or simply washing the dishes. When we set the Lord always before us, all will be well. When we are fully aware of God’s presence, at all times and in all circumstances, we will not be shaken. May this very phrase serve as our prayer and our companion this day, so that we too may set the Lord always before us.