PSALM 16 (NIV)
1 Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. 2 I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” 3 I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.” 4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips. 5 LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. 6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. 7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. 8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, 10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faith one see decay. 11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Sometimes we need a reminder. Our first allegiance is to God and nothing else. When we pledge our allegiance to Him, and seek to walk out every moment His way, trusting He will enable exactly what is best in light of His eternal purposes, our hearts fill with His incomprehensible peace and joy and we can be at rest in Him in all circumstances.
Even in work we know is from and for God, we can become so pressed to carry the worry and responsibility for the “success” of these projects, that we forget God’s place in it all. He is the refuge and apart from Him we have no good thing. Our hearts can rest secure because He will enable that which He defines as success for the projects He has given us. He counsels us and guides us, always ready to communicate with us, dropping thoughts and sensations into our minds and hearts which do not contradict His Way or His Word. He sets boundary lines for us in pleasant places. This means as the perfect parent (Abba, Father!), He goes before us, along with us and behind us, child-proofing any “doors” (directions) which look good to us, but He knows are not part of His perfect plan (and therefore would not be good).
God’s eyes are always on using all things to reveal who He is to those who don’t yet know Him, so they too can pledge allegiance to Him and let Him guide them in the pleasant way they are to go on earth (being used by God even in the difficulties which are an inherent part of this life). His eyes are on us and His plan from here through eternity.
When our eyes are on Him, He helps us maintain His overview and perspective. With His objectives in sight, nothing shakes us, we can rejoice and are always anchored in His peace. Indeed He makes known to us the path of life, fills us with joy in His presence and eternal pleasures by His side. What could be better?!
Selah! [Pause, and calmly think of that!]
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Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
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