Psalms 16:8 – “I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” NASB. [Read verses 1-11 for the full impact of this truth.]
I love the progression of truth revealed in this Psalm. It is here that we catch a glimpse of a faith that comes or grows to maturity and is rooted and grounded in God and His Word. The declaration of verse 8 is nothing short of incredible! It is with purpose and intent that the Psalmist focuses on God. It is not a casual reference to a timid superficial belief in a creed or a creator, but a declaration of Total Confidence in God!
David declares that God is the portion of his inheritance and his maintainer. He declares that God is his counselor and because of his view of God, he has developed a faith that is in full force, alive, and active! It is a faith that produces life, peace, joy, and hope! That should be the objective of each believer.
Here in Psalm 16, we hit the high-water mark of religious life in two aspects. It is revealed in an ardent devotion to God and it holds a clear certainty of eternal blessedness beyond the grave. That is powerful! It is Faith in Full Bloom that is being expressed and demonstrated in this Psalm. There are three facts or factors that I want to briefly call your attention to and hope they are inspirational as well as challenging.
Notice the Effort of Faith expressed in the words, “I have set the LORD always before me…” This is a personal exercise of faith. He is making a conscious effort to keep himself continually in touch with the unseen creator of all things. This is, in my view, the essence of true religion.
His whole soul cleaves to God. He has developed an intelligent, reasoned, and the reasonable decision that God alone is all that he needs, as expressed in verse 8. He is making a determined decision to totally surrender all his heart, mind, body, and soul to God, as is expressed in verse 2. God was always in the forefront of his mind and always before him or he kept himself always before God. He brought his thoughts into captivity to the obedience of the Creator. It was not based on feelings or emotion but Truth!
Next, consider the Friend of Faith as described in the words, “He is at my right hand…” God is the Object of Faith. This is the result of effort and God honors it by giving his aide, protection, and wisdom. David expresses that by his effort of Faith, he becomes aware in a new way, of the presence of God at his side. He discovers God as the Friend of Faith.
The divine presence is the source of his strength and if God is at his ‘right hand’ then the words of Psalm 91 become visible. We are in the shadow of the one who is protecting us, guiding us, and guarding us. He is our Protector, Director, and Friend as well as our Savior!
Then, notice the Stability of Faith expressed in the words, “shall not be moved…” If God is there, close at my side, what can move me? Notice verse 10’s promise that we will not be abandoned. Consider verse 11’s promise that God will guide us and reveal to us the pathway of life He has chosen for us.
The secret of a quiet heart is to keep near God. In abiding in the shadow of the Almighty we find that no storm can wreck our ship and our anchor will hold in Jesus! Real communion with God is the guarantee that the man who develops it and receives His grace will never die. Oh, he will in the natural, but not in the eternal.
Therefore, it is imperative that we seek to keep near to God. We need to keep Him ever before us and in the forefront of our minds and consciousness. We need to allow our faith to rise and we will discover that we can stand no matter what comes because of His Presence. We need to keep God ever before us in our Thought Life, Prayer Life, and Devotional Life. If God is for us who can be against us and what difference does it make if they are?
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in His Grace!