Hello, my friend. We come now to a very important and special PSALM 16. Few passages in all of Scripture present such a clear testimony of anyone who has only one primary passion, which is the Lord. Raymond Lull, great missionary to India a century ago said, “I have only one passion, it is He!” What a challenge, what a key to freedom and a life of significant usefulness. Here David shouts, “You are my Lord, apart from you I have no good thing.”(vs.2) How can you say it any more clearly!
And note how he rejoices in all that God is to him. And he gives us the solution to vacillation and lukewarmness in vs. 8, “I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand (a figure of speech meaning God is in control) I will not be shaken (or vacillate).” He praises the Lord for the other saints around him, in whom is David’s delight. He laments about others who run after other gods, whose efforts are in vain. He praises the Lord for being his provision day by day (vs.5) and acknowledges it is the Lord who lays out David’s life before him (vs.6).
But then we come to those hugely important verses 9 – 11. He begins with the word, ‘therefore’ and we should notice what that is there for. It is simply a statement that he sets the Lord before him each day, an intentional, specific and determined reminder that his heart is glad, his tongue rejoices and his body is safe.
And then comes vs. 11, which we should all memorize, “You have made known to me the path of life.” God has not left us to wander in the wilderness of ignorance, but clearly opens up our path before us. Then comes “You will fill me with joy in your Presence.” And as I have so often said, the reward of being a committed believer is the privilege of living in the Presence of the Lord every moment of every day. In God’s presence is fullness of joy, and joy simply means Jesus first, Others second and Yourself last. And please note that this verse isn’t talking about heaven, as some people think. It is talking about right now, where we can enjoy His presence together.
“Lord, how else could we ever express our joy and thankfulness for your blessed presence, your gift of your withness every step of the way. Bless my friend who is along side, even as we pray earnestly for those in very special need.”
Thank you for your great encouragement by being along. Cheerio!