Jubilee Weekly October 31, 2017

Confidence in our Lord

Psalm 16

Do you really trust the LORD?

Do you believe He has your best interest on His heart?

Psalm 16 is a meditation on the blessings of God on us who love Him. I love the last verse because it is a kind of summation of the entire Psalm – Verse 11,
“You, God, will show me the path of life;

In your presence is fullness of joy;

At your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Doesn’t that sound like someone who has experienced the faithfulness of God and is trusting Him for the future. We think David wrote this Psalm when he was a refugee driven from the land of Israel.

He was being pursued by a jealous King Saul and his men. It is amazing how jealousy can affect a person mentally. Saul developed a paranoia that bordered on insanity. I would encourage you to read 1 Samuel 26 to get the background on what David was feeling.

He felt that Saul and his men were trying to deprive him of his inheritance, even suggesting in verse 19, “Go and serve other gods.” As you read this Psalm, it is obvious that it was David who was in his right mind. Several times he could have taken Saul’s life but he wouldn’t because he knew Saul had been chosen by God and it would have to be God who dealt with him.

I want us to notice David’s single-minded commitment to the LORD and his refusal of anyone or anything opposed to God. In James 1:8, we read that “the double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” Our God calls us to be single-minded or one-minded in our devotion to Him.

Ponder Deuteronomy 6:4-5, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

My brother and sister — let’s take time and ask ourselves, “Do I have a single-minded devotion towards my LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ?”

Folks, the prince of darkness and the forces of evil pursue us relentlessly seeking to divert us from our one-mindedness toward our God. Satan uses many different kinds of bait — money, sex, pleasure, anger, power – to lure us from making Jesus the center focus of our lives.

The focus of this Psalm is that the LORD is supreme and He seeks our highest good and in fact, He is our inheritance. David declared, “You are my LORD: I have no god besides You.” Psalm 16:2

Listen to David’s devotion to the LORD in Psalm 73:25, “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon the earth that I desire besides You.”
Look at the contrast David makes in Psalm 16:3-4 between God’s holy people and those who serve “other gods.”

“As for the holy people who are in thy land,
They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.
The sorrows of those who take another god for themselves
multiply …”

Who do you like to spend time with — God’s people or those who have no interest in the things of God?

Listen to the confidence in God that David expresses in Psalm 16:5-6
“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.”

Do you have that kind of confidence in your LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ?
When the children of Israel went into the promised land, each tribe received a parcel of land. The only ones who didn’t were the Levitical priests. But listen to what the LORD said to them –

Numbers 18:20
“Then the Lord said to Aaron (high priest), ‘You shall have no inheritance in their land; nor shall you have any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Israel’”

Do you remember the old gospel song, “This World Is Not My Home”? It goes on, “I’m just a passing through. My treasurers are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”

As believers and followers of Christ, our hope, our confidence, our security rest in Him, not in our earthly possessions. Proverbs 23:5 tells us —
“For wealth certainly makes itself wings like an eagle, that flies toward the heavens.”

Listen to the wisdom that Paul had gained. Philippians 3:7-11,
7 “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.

I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”

Talk about being single-minded! There is no doubt as to where Paul’s focus was. When
he met the resurrected Christ, his focus was forever changed.
As we turn once again to Psalm 16, David shares with us two present blessings and two prospects we have as we trust in Christ.

Here are the two benefits:
1. Our God guides us and He counsels us. 16:7, “I will bless the LORD who has
counseled me; indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.” The Holy Spirit uses
the Word of God to guide, reprove and instruct us.

2. Our God gives us the assurance that surpasses our circumstances. 16:8-9, “I have set the LORD continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore, my heart is glad and my glory rejoices, my flesh also will dwell securely.”

Lastly, we have two future prospects:
1. Our confidence in Christ extends not only throughout our earthly journey but also beyond this life. “For you (LORD) will not abandon my soul to Sheol; neither will you allow your Holy One to undergo decay.” 16:10 (check out Acts 2:27-31 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-58)

2. Lastly, and this is where we started — 16:11,
We will have complete satisfaction and endless joy in the loving presence of the living God. I don’t think it is possible for us to comprehend the magnitude of our inheritance in Christ. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 2:9 expressed it this way –

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, The
things which God has prepared for those who love him.”

Friend –

Do you love Jesus?

Do you have unshakeable confidence in Him?

Is He the center-fold of your life?

Then, trust Him with all your heart, mind, soul and strength for His glory.

In Christ alone,

Pastor Leonard