Friday, January 13, 2012

Are you Secure?

Today my Bible reading plan took me to Psalm 16. So many things jumped out at me as I read this Psalm that I thought I'd highlight just a few of them. 

1 Keep me safe, O God,
for in you I take refuge.

Do I? Do you? Do we take refuge in God? In one respect, yes...the evidence simply being that every time I'm in trouble or need help, I turn to God. But this very thing also reveals that I too often place my trust and faith in things other than God...and it's only when they fail that I turn to God to take refuge. The million dollar question remains; "is God enough?" If all else were stripped away; money, health, family, friends, job, house, food, even life itself; is God enough? My prayer is that indeed, I would find and take refuge in God.

2 I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”

James reminds us that every good and perfect gift comes from God, but more then that, the single greatest gift of all time is the salvation we find in and through Jesus Christ. Many gifts find their true joy, their true meaning and their true fulfillment only with God. For example, the gift of loving and being loved unconditionally is only perfectly fulfilled in God. Remove Him from the equation; take Him out of your life, and you have nothing. "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?" (Mark 8:36)

5 LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
you have made my lot secure.

However, through Jesus, I am secure. I have nothing to fear, and nothing can harm me. I know Christ, He knows me, and because He is Sovereign, I can rest knowing that everything passes through His hands before it comes to me. Blessings, trials, tests, sorrows, they all come through the hands of a Sovereign God. Because I know Him, I am secure.

7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I have set the LORD always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.

Because of all of this, because of all He has shown, His love demonstrated by His brutal and painful death, I will praise Him. For even when I'm resting He counsels me. As I quiet my heart I hear His voice. Jesus Christ; my rear-guard. Wow. When you feel insecure, when you feel unsettled and shaken, know that He is there. He is always there...leading, guiding, whispering.

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 grave,
nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
11 You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Worship. Worship is a response. Let it be that our lives are lives of worship; lived in response to all that He has done for us. Just as Jesus did not see decay, so we, adopted as sons of the living God and co-heirs with Christ Himself, will not see decay. No, in fact we will see Him face to face, and see the place He is and has been preparing for all who trust in Him.

soli deo gloria - To God Alone be the Glory!

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