Psalm 16 Part 8

“I have set the Lord before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Psalm16:8

Jesus walked blameless and in complete submission to the Father. Jesus went to the cross on our behalf and now sits at the right hand of the Father. Right hand is symbolic of authority and power.

We are faced with a decision; we either say, “Lord, your will be done”, or “my will be done.”

If God is for us who can be against us?

“Therefore my HEART is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. Psalm16:9

The Bible uses the Greek word “kardia” over a 1000 times. God has a lot to say about our hearts. The heart seems to be closely connected to our emotions, impulses and desires. God made us beings of worship, and we will worship something or someone. Is this why God is so concerned with our hearts?

Psalm 15:2 says to “speak the truth to our hearts.”

Jeremiah 17:9 says, “the human heart is deceitful above all things.”

Proverbs 4:23 says “Guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

The remedy is a new heart! God, in his great love, sent Jesus to be born of a virgin, to dwell on earth with us and ultimately suffer and die, so that we can be redeemed and given a new restored heart. Our new heart will rejoice and be glad! We can rest secure! Why? Because death has been swallowed up! Abundant life is given; we have fellowship with our Father.

This last verse sums up the whole Psalm.

“For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures evermore. Psalm 16:10-11

He won’t abandon me. Why? Because He is LORD. He is my refuge and His promises are sure!

He made known the PATH OF LIFE. What is this PATH OF LIFE?

-We admit our need. We are poor in spirit. Apart from Him we can do nothing.

-We are part of a body and we have a unique function within that body. We can’t function fully as we were created to unless we are glorifying God as part of the body.

-“You shall have no other gods before me.” What idols are keeping you from this path of life.

-Jesus is our chosen cup and portion! He is life!

– He is our counselor and instructor. This path of life has been made known to us. Our minds are being transformed. He is showing and revealing Himself to us through His Word.

The psalmist, again, speaks to our hearts at the final part of the verse; “there is fullness of joy and in his presence, pleasures forever more.”

We are reconciled with God, no more death! Abundant life and joy is mine through Jesus! This path of life that Jesus perfectly walked is made available to us through Him.

“Hail the Heav’n-born Prince of Peace!

Hail the Son of Righteousness!

Light and life to all He brings

Ris’n with healing in His wings

Mild He lays His glory by

Born that man no more may die

Born to raise the sons of earth

Born to give them second birth

Hark! the herald angels sing:

“Glory to the newborn King!”

Psalm 16 Part 7

“I will bless the Lord who counsels—even at night when my thoughts trouble me.” Psalm 16:7

Oh how I can relate to this. So many nights I have laid unable to sleep with only my thoughts, no distractions. The trouble of the days and weeks attack like an enemy on the front lines.

My dad would tell me when I get in this loop to start praising! God hears the praises of His people and the enemy hates it! I admit I haven’t gotten the best handle on it yet. It is so hard not to let worry, doubt, and the cares of this world consume me, but I can testify that when I choose praise and thanksgiving, my heart and mind quickly start to turn around. The problems may still be there but my peace and joy are not stolen.

How do we fight these battles? It is in communion with God. Remember, apart from Him we can do nothing.

If there is habitual sin in our life that we haven’t confessed this will be a block that will hinder our relationship with the Lord.

So, first get your belt of truth on and examine your own heart to see if there be any wicked way. Always have the belt of truth on—truth of who God is and who we are and the truth of the gospel!

Our faith will extinguish all the arrows that come at us. Our faith is a shield. (Ephesians 6:16)

Don’t let the trouble spin around in your head. Protect it with the helmet of salvation. God has already saved us, no weapon formed against you will prosper. It’s a done deal. It is finished. All we are asked to do is believe it, and put our whole trust in Him.

Read and read and read Scripture—feed on it, soak it in and speak it! It will slice right through anything coming up against you. It doesn’t stand a chance. The Word of God is truth!

Prayer – look no further than the example of Jesus. He fought his battles in prayer to His Father.

“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise!” James 5:13

If God is for us who can be against us?

 

Psalm 16 Part 6

“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” Psalm 16:6

Contentment in Jesus, is this not what the Psalmist is leading us to? So far we have seen in Psalm 16 that God is our protector. God is all together good, apart from Him I can do nothing. We delight in God and his people. Idols multiply sorrows. God is my all in all.

I’m doing a little survey of my heart right now and if I’m going to be honest, contentment is easy when things are going good; money in the bank, health is good, no inconveniences, everything in working order, but we all know that if we do have moments like that, they won’t last long before something breaks down or someone gets sick, or relationships get broken, or any number of afflictions.

How our heart responds when the going gets tough is a reflection of our level of discontentment. I don’t mean to say that when things are going south that anger or sadness or depression is a sign of discontent, it most certainly is not. Our feelings are our feelings. Jesus felt all these things, but he didn’t let those feelings rule. He walked in obedience and faith in the midst of his trials. The peace that the world talks about is not the peace that God defines. Peace with God is, though we feel the longing, even the ache, we have full conviction that this is not the final word. Our beautiful inheritance is awaiting. Our God reigns.

Contentment is saying, not I, but YOU LORD!

“If I become content by having my desire satisfied, that is only self-love; but when I am contented with the hand of God and am willing to be at His disposal, that comes from my love to God.”

Jeremiah Burroughs – The Rare Jewel of Discontentment

I would argue that discontentment is the root of all sin. I don’t want a little discontentment to take root. Lord help me to find my rest in You no matter the circumstances that come upon me. I’m an heir to the King of Kings!

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11

Psalm 16 Part 5

“The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.” Psalm 16:5

The other night, I had such an unquenchable thirst. I just kept drinking water and it wouldn’t go away. It was not a pleasant feeling. I wondered how much water I was going to have to drink for it to go away. I just wanted satisfaction!

In reading verse 5, I quickly thought of the woman at the well.

Jesus said to the woman, “if you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would ask him, and he would give you living water.”

The woman was confused and only looking at the external. Jesus then went on to expose the spiritual and what he was rightly speaking to.

This lady had had 5 husbands and another one in the works.

This lady clearly was trying to fill her cup with something that would never satisfy.

One husband, then another and another…

Jesus is saying, “I’m that living water, you will not go thirsty again.” He is the only one that fills this excessive thirst within.

There is an old Christmas movie called the Bishop’s Wife with Cary Grant. Cary Grant is an angel sent down on a mission to help a couple find their way. In one scene the angel is having a drink with some others and the mortals notice that even though they are drinking, their cups keep refilling, and they never get drunk, but they are so joyful and fulfilled.

I love this scene because it’s a good attempt of an illustration of what Jesus is to us. He is all we need. We will never thirst again. Nothing else, no matter how pleasurable it is will every fully satisfy. Remember verse 4 from the previous blog, we are warned about what idols will do. When we keep drawing water from any other well, it will never do. We will be caught in a downward spiral. Jesus is saying I have a gift for you! What will you choose?!

Our future is sure when we make the choice to drink from the Well–Jesus!

“Fill my cup Lord. I lift it up Lord. Come and quench this thirsting of my soul. Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more. Fill my cup. Fill it up and make me whole.”

Psalm 16 Part 4

V4.

“The sorrows who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their name on my lips.” Psalm 16:4

A “god” is anything you give yourself over to completely. It occupies your thoughts, time, your money, your talk. A “god” is something that has a hold on you. A “god” is something you serve. A “god” is anything you aren’t willing to give up under any circumstances.

From the beginning, our creator God made us with the desire to worship. We were created to worship God alone.

St. Augustine said, “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

God has given us so many wonderful blessings on this earth, but our hearts, while always thankful for the gifts, should ever gaze on the giver—this is where our hearts are contented. When we try to fit anything into the place only meant for God, we will add misery, restlessness, and sorrow. The weight and price of sin is too much.

Every breath is given by our creator. We don’t take one step without God giving us the grace to do so. His mercies are new every morning.

I have to ask myself, what areas in my life do I need to examine? What distractions are keeping me from worshiping God with my all my heart.

We are not perfect and God knows this, and he is giving us grace upon grace every moment. We are not alone. Jesus has taken the weight of sin upon himself and we don’t have to carry it. This is the greatest gift.

All glory to God alone for He alone is worthy! In Him is fullness and life! Nothing else compares.

Psalm 16 Part 3

V.3

“As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom all is my delight.”

“As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones”

We, who are in Christ are part of a body and in that body we aren’t meant to be in isolation. A leg or arm is not of much use unless it’s attached to the body. When we are working together in unity there is delight! There is excellency!

Psalm 133:1 “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

Our greatest capacity of displaying Christ to the world is in the whole body of Christ.

When our delight is to love the Lord and serve him with our whole heart, we will delight in being part of the body, working in unity. It feels as right as breathing. When our goal becomes more self centered and our ego gets in the way, this is where the harmony gets broken. The alto wants to be the lead voice, except the alto is no good as lead voice, but what beautiful harmony it provides when it’s glorifying God in its right function. And how missed the alto part is when it’s not providing its function that was set before it.

There is excellency when all is working in unity. No chaos or fighting for position. Each part is special and unique and God created us to walk in the function he set before us as part of the body.

John 17:23

“I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

“In whom all is my delight.”

Our joy will be multiplied when we are serving and working together as one in the body glorifying God. We will be strengthened and encouraged. We will grow and mature in Christ when we are in unity with the body. The enemy knows we are stronger together, and he wants to do all he can to keep us isolated. Don’t let him distract you from keeping in step with the body and performing the function God designed for you.

Ephesians 4:16

“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”