“I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:7-8 (NIV)
“I will praise the LORD” David chose to thank the LORD for being able to take refuge in Him. God has made his lot secure. The shepherd king has a delightful inheritance.
“who counsels me” We learn to seek God’s counsel in times of doubt, distress, and fear. When we face difficult times, He waits for us. What we sometimes neglect to do is go to Him first Times I needed to go to him have been simple, as when I can’t find my keys, to the more complex as when I need to respond to a question a friend of mine asks.
“even at night my heart instructs me.” God speaks to our hearts 24/7. He reigns in the believer’s heart from the time we ask Him to come in. Even when we find ourselves not living for Him, He is there convicting us. As I initially wrote this, I received a phone call from our church. A retired pastor and his wife request prayer for their family; a great-grandson has passed away due to a car accident. They also request prayer for another person involved in the accident. That second person is in critical condition.
“I have set the LORD always before me.” David shares with us some intimate thoughts about his relationship with God. He tells his readers he always has God in view and can look to Him at all times.
“Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” When we have the Lord and we live for Him, He strengthens us and allows us to stand in the face of adversity. I have two close friends who each have several family members who are dealing with severe illness and disorders. As I came to these words, I texted one of them this verse.
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