My wife Sarah and I got engaged in Monterey, California. Since then, It has been one of our favorite places to visit. After we got engaged we went to a little restaurant on one of the piers. It was an amazing experience. Our table was located next to a huge window that gave us a great view of the ocean crashing on the rocks. The food and service were incredible. We instantly fell in love. It was so good I think we were more excited about that restaurant than our engagement. A year later we decided to go back and relive the wonderful experience that we had when we got engaged and boy were we disappointed. The service was so bad that we ended up leaving before we even ordered our food. We left disappointed and unsatisfied. While situations and people often leave us feeling unsatisfied God wants us to experience eternal satisfaction in him.
Psalm 16 has been one of my favorite Psalms because it shows us the satisfaction that can only be found in a relationship with God. It gives words to our feelings and our needs and God’s words to us become our words back to God. When we read it during difficult times we can actually feel it. We can feel the potency and the urgency of the writer’s request as we make it our request.
Rest In God’s Sovereignty
In Psalm 16 we see the writer of the Psalm crying out to God for protection based on his sovereignty. We too can take refuge in the fact that nothing is outside of the realm of God’s control. While situations may be difficult for us, they did not catch God by surprise. And because God is good and God is loving, God uses these difficult times for our good and his glory. So the sovereignty of God actually can provide us with comfort and rest because while we may not understand God’s plan, we know that this is a part of God’s good plan. He holds our future. And it is good.
While situations may be difficult for us, they did not catch God by surprise.Tweet
The word for protect in the original language also means preserve. David, the author of Psalm 16, is crying out for God to preserve him because he recognized without God he had no hope, no help. Verse four reinforces this truth that apart from God, we have no hope or help. (See also Psalm 73:25-26) It’s this preserving and protecting that God gives us that allows us to overcome whatever difficulty life brings our way. This total reliance on God is what produces in us the ability to stand even in the valley of the shadow of death because God is with us even there. (Psalm 23:4)
Trust In God’s Promises
The amazing thing about God’s sovereignty is that he uses it for our good. And because of that, even while we are in pain, we can experience his blessing. Psalm 16 tunes our heart towards God’s promises and with eyes of faith, we begin to recognize all that God has promised us. In this Psalm, we see so much of what he has given us. He has given us…
- Fullness of Joy
- Pleasure forever more
Here is the beauty of what God promises to us: We can experience his peace while we are in pain. We can experience his rest even though we feel exhausted. We can experience his joy while we are in sorrow. We experience these realities because God’s Word says they are available to us, not because our life is going well, or everything is great, but because we have God. God himself is our inheritance. Because of God’s sovereignty and the promises that he gives us we can experience authentic satisfaction and fulfillment.
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Psalm 16 Protect me, God, for I take refuge in you.
I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
I have nothing good besides you.”
As for the holy people who are in the land,
they are the noble ones.
All my delight is in them.
The sorrows of those who take another god
for themselves will multiply;
I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood,
and I will not speak their names with my lips.
LORD, you are my portion
and my cup of blessing;
you hold my future.
The boundary lines have fallen for me
in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I will bless the LORD who counsels me —
even at night when my thoughts trouble me.
I always let the LORD guide me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad
and my whole being rejoices;
my body also rests securely.
For you will not abandon me to Sheol;
you will not allow your faithful one to see decay.
You reveal the path of life to me;
in your presence is abundant joy;
at your right hand are eternal pleasures.
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