Having Confidence with God in Life or Death
Having Confidence with God in Life and Death
- 1 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take
2 I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” 3As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. 4The 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. 5The
- LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. 6The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. 7I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in thenight also my heart instructs
8 I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. 9
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. 10For you will
- not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. 11You make known to me the pathof life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:1-11 ESV)
Psalm 16 flows out of these two words—“Preserve me.”
Appeal Psalm 16:1
Blessings Psalm 16:2-8
Conclusion Psalm 16:9-11
The Acknowledged Blessings
- God has the sovereign rule over life. David proclaimed, “I say to the LORD (Yahweh), You are myLord
It is a wonderful blessing to know that God is the greatest power and authority and ruler of our lives.
- God provides all of the good experiences in life. The verse literally says, “My good is not beyond you(or apart from you),”
- God delights us with saints, godly people in whom we find
- God is our inheritance and blessing. “The Lord is my chosen portion, my cup… my”
- God gives counsel and instructs in wisdom. God blesses us with his goodness, and we experience a greater abundance of blessings as we meditate on and walk in the wisdom of
Acknowledgment and gratitude for God and his blessings kept David from being overwhelmed with anxiety. His appeal, “Preserve me, O God,” quickly turned to a conclusion of preservation, “I shall not be shaken!”
Do disease and death win in the end? No, disease and death have a ruler. There is an authority higher than them. Disease and death bow down to the Resurrection and the Life.
Just as the Lord Jesus was not abandoned in the grave, neither will those with faith in him be left there. Jesus did not see corruption in the grave, and because of that we will be raised incorruptible. It is no wonder that Peter quoted Psalm 16 on the Day of Pentecost as he preached the gospel. Three thousand people were saved that day.
David not only concluded that God is his refuge, goodness, inheritance, Sovereign and wise counselor, but he also found that death could not take him from the presence and provision of the Lord. His life and expression of life was forever changed.
The Book of Psalms is full of rich insight into God's plan for our lives. It speaks to our response to God, both in seasons good and bad.