Saturday, April 16, 2016

Psalm 16 - Delightful Contentment

A godly life brings huge profits to people who are content with what they have.
I Timothy 6:6
1Protect me, O God, because I take refuge in You. 
2I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord. Without You, I have nothing good."
3Those who lead holy lives on earth are the noble ones who fill me with joy. 
4Those who quickly chase after other gods multiply their sorrows. I will not pour out their sacrificial offerings of blood or use my lips to speak their names.
5The LORD is my inheritance and my cup. You are the One who determines my destiny.
6Your boundary lines mark out pleasant places for me. Indeed, my inheritance is something beautiful.
7I will praise the LORD, who advises me. My conscience warns me at night.
8I always keep the LORD in front of me. When He is by my side, I cannot be moved.
9That is why my heart is glad and my soul rejoices. My body rests securely
10because You do not abandon my soul to the grave or allow Your holy one to decay.
11You make the path of life known to me. Complete joy is in Your presence. Pleasures are by Y
our side forever.

Psalm 16 is song of delights. There are no trials or tribulations, which is in itself is refreshing. It is pure joyful contentment in being in Christ. In verse two, David simply says "I have no good beyond God." 

David delights in the Lord's people. (v. 3). Do I delight in God's people? "To live above with saints I love will certainly be glory. To live below with saints I know, that's another story." There are some of God's people who can be abrasive.  That's when I must simply start delighting in the Lord, and then I will start delighting in His people. 

David also delights in God's providence (vv. 5,6). God, in His providence, knows where to draw the line. Problems arise when people don't know where His lines are. They want to keep moving the line. Let God give you your inheritance. When Israel went into the Promised Land, He gave each tribe its inheritance. It wasn't done by a real estate agent or by a lottery. God said, "Here are the lines. Maintain those lines." If I want to delight in God and in His people, then I delight in His providence. 

David also finds delight in God's pleasures. Verse 11 has been one of my life verse for many years. "You make the path of life known to me. Complete joy is in Your presence. Pleasures are by Your side forever." Do I want life and joy? Yes! Then here's the secret: Live on God's path, live in His presence and live for His pleasures. 

I have much to delight in--God's people, His providence and His pleasures. The key to delighting in the things of God is to delight in God Himself. Today I take a moment to simply delight in my Lord and praise Him for who He is.

Lord, teach me to offer You a heart of thanksgiving and praise in all my daily experiences of life. Teach me to be joyful always, to pray continually and to give thanks in all my circumstances. I accept them as Your will (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). I long to bring pleasure to Your heart daily. Break the power of the enemy. Change my outlook and attitude into one of joyful contentment in my present. 

Jesus, I want to be like You who obeyed the Father without complaint. You embraced the chains of humanity when You walked this earth. Convict me whenever I complain or compare myself with others. Give me Your attitude of humility and thankful acceptance. Teach me the power of a thankful heart. Your truth dwells in a thankful heart.

“I will give thanks to the LORD because of His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens” (Psalm 7:17-18:1). In Jesus’ name, amen.