Psalm 16

1. Recognition

  • “You are my Lord. I have no good apart from you.” (v.2)
  • Everything good is found in God.
  • Recognition opens our eyes to the Source of every good thing: Jesus.
  • Anything truly good in life is just a droplet from the Fountain.

2. Running from God

  • “Sorrows are multiplied for those who chase after other gods.” (v. 4)
  • Though we may not bow down to images, our hearts are idol factories.
  • Life becomes bitter and sorrowful when we pursue our own passions and desires apart from Christ.
  • Far too often we search for answers and satisfaction in other things/people instead of seeking God as both the beginning and ending to the question.
  • We chase the wind, pursue our own passions, and seek our own happiness in the idol factories of our heart.

3. Realization

  • “You are my chosen portion.” (v. 5-7)
  • The word “chosen” is beautiful as it depicts us choosing God over other things.
  • While God is the portion for His children, we have to choose Him—again and again.
  • My life is secure in His hands.
  • “I have a beautiful inheritance” as a child of God
  • He is my counselor.

4. Right Place

  • “I have set the Lord always before me.” (v. 8)
  • Look to Him, seek Him, focus and center on Him.
  • He is with me. I will not be shaken.

5. Rejoice

  • “My heart is glad and my whole being rejoices.” (v. 9)
  • Joy is found in Jesus when we know that our lives are secure in Him.
  • Unspeakable joy. Ahhh…it’s so precious and makes my heart sing.

6. Revelation

  • Jesus, “You make known to me the path of life.” “Fullness of joy is found in your presence.” (v. 11)
  • We can’t know God’s will without seeking Him, asking Him for wisdom.
  • Hearts and lives living disconnected from Jesus will not see His way.
  • We find joy in Jesus. This joy can be found in the most awful situations, as it is not dependent on circumstances. It is dependent on our Savior.
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