Thursday 22 October, 2020

Psalm 16

A miktam of David. 1 Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. 2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” 3 I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.” 4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips. 5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. 6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. 7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. 8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 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 realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. 11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Often, I find myself thinking that life is hard. As I write this, my car is broken down and I’m at the side of the road, waiting for the NRMA. 

I was going somewhere to do something important, but now I can’t do that. 

Plus it’s likely that fixing my car will cost money that I would have preferred to spend on other things than my old car. 

But this psalm, written by David, reminds me that the goodness of God is so much greater than my circumstances. 

It has helped me to have an eternal perspective: recognising that no matter how hard life gets (and I know it could be far worse), I have an eternity of time in Heaven to look forward to, where the troubles of this life will fade away. 

I heard a person say recently, that if I don’t keep an eternal perspective, I will be tempted to try to cram an eternity worth of pleasure and justice into one human life. 

As Paul, who was imprisoned for preaching the gospel, writes in Philippians 1:22 “if I am to go on living in this body, this will mean fruitful labour“.

Clearly, I should look forward to heaven, but have a clear realisation that the existence of eternity means that what I strive for on this earth is ever the more important. 

Lord, help me to grasp your goodness and your eternity as I seek to live out the life you have called me to here on Earth. 

Written by Ps Justin Ware 

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