Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Psalm 16 Pleasures in the midst of Pressures

KEY TEXT: Psalms 16:7-8,11 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... You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

KEY THOT: David the psalmist was anointed king of Israel as a young boy because he led a God-focused life. He never did anything without first consulting the Lord: “I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.” 1 Samuel 18:14 tells us that “David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him.” The secret of his success is found in this little expression: “David inquired of the Lord…”. This expression is used in six places in David's life, viz., 1 Sam 23:2, 4; 30:8; 2 Sam 2:1; 2 Sam 5:19; and 2 Sam 5:23. It describes his life principle of seeking the Lord's guidance in every decision he made. For this reason, “the Lord was with him” and this alone accounts for his continual successes.

In this psalm, David declares that the Lord has made know to him “the path of life” (v.11). And because he is constantly in God’s presence, he experiences “fullness of joy” (ESV) and “exquisite pleasures” (TLB) and “sheer delight” (NET) not found elsewhere. Work, hobbies and vacation cannot replace God's presence to bring us sheer pleasures in living. David’s life was one of celebration and rejoicing in the Lord's presence (most of the 150 psalms are attributed to him). Despite the tremendous pressures he experienced as a king, he is able to enjoy the exquisite pleasures and experience sheer delight as a child of God.

David's life is characterized by divine pleasures in the midst of life’s pressures. It is the joy of the Lord from living in God's presence moment-by-moment that strengthens him and keeps him energized and recharged. 

Father, may we walk daily in Your presence by including You in all our decision-making process. Thank You for the joy and pleasures in Your presence. Amen.

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