Psalm 16:7-9 – “I will bless the LORD who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. 8 I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely.” NASU
In life, especially the Christian life, it is imperative that we learn what works and implement some keys for success in our lives. Otherwise, we will be like the nation of Israel wandering in the wilderness and continue to lap the same mountain over and over without making any significant progress. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like dealing with the same problems over and over. I prefer to learn from my mistakes and implement those lessons in my daily life and move forward to new experiences and new adventures.
Here the Psalmist gives us some wonderful keys to victory and success. One of the first lessons that Christians should learn is the importance of PRAISE and BLESSING the LORD. Jesus instructed us in Matthew 6:33, to “seek first God and His kingdom.” He informed us that in so doing we would find the door open to the wonderful promises, blessings, and benefits of our relationship with Him. Here the Psalmists gives us STEP ONE in a Life of Victory.
In Verse 7 we read, “I will bless the LORD who has counseled me…” There are two important pieces to this Step that I want us to consider. First, Blessing the LORD or engaging in Praise and Thanksgiving. We enter the Gates of God’s Throne Room with Thanksgiving and His Courts with Praise. As we focus on Him in an attitude of gratitude we find that our troubles dim, and our hope and confidence rise to new levels. Second, we recognize and experience the COUNSEL of the Lord. That is one of the ministries of the Holy Spirit and is assuredly a reason for the Word of God, the Bible. In the second part of Verse 7, we discover an interesting experience that many seem to overlook, “my mind instructs me in the night.” That may be through meditation, dreams, or night visions but as we are in bed there is the possibility of revelation from the LORD to help us understand what we are facing or the direction we should take.
In Verse 8 we read, “I have set the LORD continually before me…” That is a purposing in our hearts to focus on God. That is a determination to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. That is a conscious effort on our part to THINK ON THINGS ABOVE rather than things below. It is our part in the process. The second part of that verse gives us the benefit of that endeavor – “Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” The enemy would discourage us and cause us to give up on God and life, but if we know that God is as close as our right hand, and our conscious focus is Him continually we cannot forget Who we are and Whose we are. It produces a boldness and confidence that can be found in no other way.
In Verse 9 we discover, “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices…” Wow! Because we are focused on God and enter His presence with an attitude of gratitude and offer praise to His name we find JOY and GLADNESS arising in our hearts and the outflow of rejoicing not only helps us stay secure but inspires others around us. The last part of that verse is incredible, “My flesh also will dwell securely.” The Bible tells us that we are the creation of God and that in Him we live and move and have being. We are informed that in Christ we are more than conquerors. We discover that His angels have been given the assignment of protecting us and keep us from harm. He is our healer, deliverer, provider, guide, friends, companion, and most importantly our Savior. In our Flesh, we dwell securely knowing that although we are dealing with supernatural powers we can live victoriously IN OUR MORTAL BODIES.
Therefore, I encourage you to determine that you will purposely fix your mind and heart on God, allow an attitude of gratitude to arise in your heart and the expression of that flow from your lips. I know that if you will follow the simple prescription of our text you will find a new victory and a renewed joy in life.
God bless you as you enjoy this day!