Psalm 16:1-11 (ESV)
Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips. The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, 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 forevermore.
It is amazing to me how many prophecies there are in the book of Psalms. The last couple verses of this psalm refer specifically to Jesus. One of the writers of the New Testament points out that this passage refers to the Resurrection of Christ.
David clearly had a rough go of it at times. Even though he was God’s Anointed to rule Israel, he would not raise a hand against the first king, Saul. Therefore he frequently had to flee from Saul’s presence, to avoid being killed, and so that his men did not in turn kill Saul either.
What do we do when we are facing tough life decisions? Do we consult God? Do we seek the advice of elders in the church? Do we search the Scriptures for our comfort and solace? We should seek consolation in God’s Word, because there are many examples where God has rescued His people from much worse circumstances than we are likely to face. We can learn from and gain comfort by remembering that God is faithful.
At times, we gain comfort from speaking with others who are wiser than we are. At other times, we give comfort to others by sharing what we have gone through, and relating God's mercy and love. When you are in the deserts of life, the Body of Christ, the Church, can be your oasis.
Jesus said the entire Law and the Prophets could be summed up in two commandments:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. And Love your neighbor as yourself.
Love does no harm to others. Live life loving God and mankind. Show God your gratitude by your love.
by Virgil Stripes