Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me:
~ Psalm 25:4-5a ~

Friday, April 3, 2020

Pondering on Psalm 16:11

A week or so ago when I was working in my devotional book, I had wrote down a verse that I thought was very adequate to describe how I was feeling and that I felt went with the devotion.

I must have been rather impressed by it because I ended up writing it twice on the same page!

My Pondering...

Upon reading all eleven verses of Psalm 16, it gives a great emphasis on following the Lord and how it is the way to joy and rest. In verse 8, it even says, "I have set the LORD always before me:..." As a Christian, if we are putting God first in our lives and seeking His will, He is going to lead us in the right path.

This will put us in His presence, where we will have joy, even in hard and trying times. Joy is not an emotion like happiness that is easily swayed via our circumstance. Joy is a deeper calm that we have because we know the LORD and have faith in Him. We can joy even in hard times because we know that God is going to take care of us.

In the Epistle of James, he tells us that the trials we face are for our maturing. Our responses to our circumstance are what makes us either a joyful Christian or a bitter one.

We are privileged as Christians to be able to go to God in all situations and He will be there to hear and guide. We can even request that the trial pass from us, but we need to realize that if it passes too soon, we may not get the full benefit of the learning time we may need.

We can, however, also have a confidence that the trials we face are for our benefit, even when we can’t quite understand the situations presented to us. They are testing our sincerity and genuineness, and will be rewarded if we persevere.

Our faith, when rooted in Christ, will hold us to Him, and we can know the hope of having pleasure for evermore in an eternity with Him.

"I have set the LORD always before me:
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:
my flesh also shall rest in hope."
~ Psalm 16:8-9 ~

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Have a great day!
~ Amanda

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