Thanks to Marina for the notes this week. We’ve been dealing with ancient texts but Marina has shown us that they speak to us today in a very real and challenging way. Today its Psalm 16.
In many ways this Psalm is different from others we’ve looked at this week. The writer fully understands who God is, what God is able to do and what God expects from him. ‘You are my Lord apart from you I have no good thing’. This is a heartfelt, confident statement of fact and it is a truth that every Christian can claim.
The Psalmist is fully aware of the folly of chasing false gods. These days we don’t tend to think of people having other gods. We don’t really see the worship of idols or child sacrifice. But although they are less obvious there are modern day equivalents of ‘gods’ in people’s lives. Isn’t it the case that anything that takes the place of God in our lives becomes an idol or false god? For some the ‘god’ of their life is money, career, car, sport or even family. It could even be argued that society’s casual attitude toward abortion is a modern day child sacrifice. The writer of today’s Psalm keeps God central throughout and he understands God’s power and sovereignty.
I love the way the writer is content with the ‘portion’ and the ‘cup’ that the Lord has provided. I wonder how often we feel the same contentment with the daily blessings we receive from the Lord, or are we always looking for the something extra that we feel would make us completely content. The Psalmist praises God in whatever circumstances he finds himself in and he looks forward, with delight, to his inheritance. He knows that even though the Lord is good to him now, even better things are planned for his future. The amazing thing is, God promises that we can also share in this inheritance when we know and love Jesus.
Towards the end of the Psalm the writer talks about ‘God’s Holy One’ and in the book of Acts Peter refers to these verses and attributes them to Jesus. God’s plan for our salvation was in place and unstoppable since before time began and Peter describes how this plan was fulfilled at the cross. It amazes me when I consider who God is, that he could offer this salvation so freely and so lovingly to a sinner like me. Not only to know his love and his protection in this life but also to know that God offers to fill us with joy in his presence and eternal pleasures at his right hand.
“Thank you for the cross, the price you paid for us how you gave yourself so completely precious Lord precious Lord.
For our healing there Lord you suffered and to take our sin you poured out your life, thank you Lord thank you Lord.
Oh I love you Lord really love you Lord. I will never understand why you love me. You’re my deepest joy, you’re my heart’s delight and the greatest thing of all, O Lord I see – You delight in me!”