PSALM 16:8 I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not moved.
9. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory (my inner self) rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety.
Continual — d) continuous, going on without interruption
Move — d) to change the place or position of
I like to look up the simplest of words at times because they can refresh our memory and enhance the meaning of the scripture. In this case the psalmist said he set the Lord continually before him. The definition says that would be without interruption. He is worthy of all of our attention. If we keep our eyes on the Lord, we will be safe and not change our position which would be in His Presence continually.
I believe he is speaking spiritually. We must keep our spiritual eyes on the Lord. That would mean that we take our spiritual eyes off of our own weaknesses, our circumstances and our physical conditions. This is a growing process and not so easy. It must be done in us by the power of the Holy Spirit through prayer and faith.
When the Israelites went to spy out the promise land, only Joshua and Caleb came back with a good report. But the Israelites listened to the bad report and they cried with a loud voice and wept all that night. They had their eyes totally on their own weaknesses and not on the Almighty God Who had parted the Red Sea for them.
We to are responsible for a good report and a good testimony before those we come in contact with. If we are positive in our life and show forth the joy of His presence in our walk, then we are living the way He wants us to.
We will have times of weakness because we are flesh. But it is how we handle those times that is vital. We must be attentive continuously to our spirit when these attacks come upon us and quickly take them to the Lord and leave them there. He is our strength and our song and will always deliver. But this is only for the Christian who is surrendered and believing.
Disobedience and unbelief will get you darkness. But what does verse 9 say? I will rejoice and be glad, my body shall rest and confidently dwell in safety. No fear of heart disease. No fear of intruders. No fear. No pain. No worry. No discomfort. But gladness, joy and safety.
Why? Because He is on the throne and will never forsake one of His believing children. Psalm 16 goes on to say, “You will show me the path of life and in Your presence is fullness of joy and at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” What more is there? Fullness of joy is the ultimate blessing. What a wonderful promise He has given us!
It says ” You will show me the path of Life.” We need Him to show us the way continually. We cannot make it on our own. But He knows that and is ever so willing to gently lead us on. Lord Jesus, help us to follow only you into that joyfully, happy, safe place today and always.