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Full of Joy

Psalm 16

Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;

Wouldn’t you like God to preserve you?  Preserve means to maintain in the original or existing state.  Now, personally, I would not want to be preserved in my existing state, as these cancer treatments have my body in a tizzy right now.But once that is over, and my body is fit and ready for action again. I would love it if God would preserve my body at the ripe young age of 65 until I’m 90 or 100!  Being preserved by God would be wonderful!

I like to believe that I trust God.  Trust Him with everything in my life.  I have to admit that in the last few days I have wondered if I would ever feel right again.  Then I remind myself that it was only 3 weeks ago that I got out of the hospital, and I was told this was a 6-12 month recovery, and I cry out to the Lord, “I’m sorry Lord.  I do trust you”.  It’s in the battle that we have him the most  His timing is always perfect.

Lastly in this portion, my goodness can never come close to His.  It’s easy to think i have done all this good and somehow God loves me more for that, but He does not.  He is not a respecter of persons.  All my righteousness is, and will always be, as filthy rags.  I have gotten to the place that I have thought all the good things I do will cover up the little sinful things I still engage in.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  God will deal with sin in my life the same as He will deal with an unbeliever.  Don’t be deceived.  Your goodness does not measure up, and it never will. All that matters is that you are under the blood of Christ.

But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.

We don’t think a lot in term of other gods like they did in David’s day.  They had many different gods in the heathen countries,and worshiping them required many different things.   Asherah, Baal, Ashtoreth, Chemosh, Dagon and many more are mentioned i scripture.  In today’s world, the only false gods I can thi of are Allah and Buddha.

But we worship in other ways today.  Worship means to honor religiously.  Religion can be defined as a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance.  Can work be a religion?  How about sports?  Sex?  Partying?  Anything can become a “religion” to us if we ascribe supreme importance to it- if that pursuit takes top priority in our lives.  It is these people David is talking to here.  He says their sorrows will be multiplied and their offerings he will not partake in.

Please make sure you do not have other gods in your life.  Our God is more than enough to take care of all your needs.  Your golf game will not provide healing.  Watching football will not save your soul.  Looking at porn on the internet will not bring you   hope.  Turn to the one true God and He will be there for you every time

The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

The word portion appears 4 ties in scripture, and s a powerful metaphor that defies a future blessing.  I only thought of portion as a food term before studying this yesterday.  I could not see what the author was really saying here.  Upon looking into it, I found the blessing of God being my portion.  He becomes a piece of my hope!  Just knowing he is there waiting for me, waiting to help me in my tie f need, is a blessing in itself.  This is the portion that He gives to us.

He maintains all that I am and have, my lot.  I think of lot as the land that I live on.  In today’s world, possession of land is a valuable thing.  In many countries, you can not own land.  But here we can buy lots of land and own them as our own.  This word lot in Psalm 16 means all that I  own – God maintains it.  He takes care of my life in every way when I put my trust in Him

The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

David continues this positive thought by declaring he has been blessed in pleasant places, and has had a goodly heritage.  I can say the same thing, despite the pain and discomfort I have right now in my body.  God has been so good to me, and I know He will  bring me through this battle just fine.  I am in a pleasant place with Him. How about you?

Do I recognize when God gives me council?  Do I hear that still voice speaking softly ad helping me make decisions?  I sure hope I do, and when He helps me I hope I always remember to give Him thanks.  Following His council will never steer me wrong.  And He is just waiting for us to ask His advice (Jer 33:3) (Psalm2:8).  He loves us, and wants to help us along/

The reference to reins fascinates me.  I think about the reins you use to guide a horse.  I studied this out once, and was amazed at how intricate the instructions on using the reins are.  The first time I rode a horse, I didn’t really know how to use the reins, and almost got thrown off!  I learned quickly that gentle movements work best!  This is how God prefers to handle our reins. Gentle leading.  But if we get off course, He may have to use more than a gentle tug to get us back on track.  I pray I will always respond to the reins that way He intends.

I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

Oh, there is so much here.  I will try to keep it brief.  First, the Lord is before me  This way I  can always see Him and follow Him.  If He is to the side, it is easy fr me to walk ahead or behind His leading.  If He is behind me, it is easy to make a wrong turn.  Always keep God before you!

He is at my right hand.  When you see a king and family, the queen will always be at his left hand,and His heir will be at the right hand.  The right hand is a position f power and authority.  What a perfect place for the Lord to be in my life – in a position of power and authority.  I do not want to move from this set-up.  The Lord walks before me to show me where I should go and He has power and authority in my  life.  I shall not be moved!  I am glad.  My soul rejoices. And I cane rest in the hope that this position gives me.

10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermoreo.

God will keep me from harm all my days, He will show me the path of life and fill me with joy, and pleasures will be multiplied to me forever.  What an awesome life I  live when I have Christ in my heart.  The Psalmist captures this so beautifully in verse 11.  As I stay in his presence, He will fill me with joy.  I like the sound of that!


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