Resting in the Lord…

Young man in pajamas sleeping on sofa at home with teddy bear

Young man in pajamas sleeping on sofa at home with teddy bear

Psalm 16:7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. 8 I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure. 10 For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit. 11 You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. 

I love the prose in this passage. It’s the image of one who trusts completely in the Lord. There is a sense of security and contentment because he sits in the palm of God’s hand. There is no challenge or struggle in life that our God cannot handle. This passage challenges me.

Too often I look elsewhere for help than to seek the counsel of God. I look online doing a Google search, or finding a message board, or maybe calling an actual person if I’m desperate. The psalmist gives us a much better example. It’s not that other resources can’t be helpful, but the Lord God is his first stop. The onus is not on the psalmist to figure out what’s needed. His job is to seek the Lord – and the Lord shows him the way. Jesus said it this way, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life”. We may not know how to deal with our problem, but if we know Jesus he will show us the way.

I understand this in my head, but it hasn’t yet completely penetrated my heart.

Lord, give me grace to make you my starting place for all things, especially my difficulties and struggles. Teach me your ways that lead to life. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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