PSALM 16:7-9 I will bless the Lord Who has given me counsel; yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons.

8. I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

9. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory (my inner self) rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety.

The psalmist is talking about his relationship with God. He has had an intimate conversation with Him and it has left him complete and satisfied.

When we take our burdens to Him, we must leave them there with faith believing He will do as He has said. Faith is what is not revealed to the senses.

When the Doctor runs tests, he shines the light into your body looking for problems. When he finds them, it is by sight. We want someone to say this is what is wrong and this is how we are going to fix it. This is sight not faith.

When we take our pains and sicknesses to the Lord, He says “By my stripes you have been healed,” 1Peter 2:24 He does not tell us when we will see it happen or how He will do it. He tells us it is all ready done and that should be enough. Then why does everyone go to the doctor when we have already been healed?

Spending time alone with the Lord is where David gets his answers. The Lord gives him counsel and then David’s heart gets the confirmation of what the Lord said. It all comes together as a beautiful picture. He knows he is safe and secure in his relationship with the Lord.

The effects of being alone with the Lord are gladness and rejoicing. His body is at rest bringing a good nights sleep. He knows no harm can come through his door. He is safely tucked away in his bed by his Almighty Father who will never cease to watch over him.

The end of Psalm 16 is the ultimate blessing. Fullness of joy and pleasures forever more. The pleasures of this world just do not compare with what the Lord promises to those who love Him. He has everything that our soul hungers for.

This life is the only chance we get. He is coming for those that choose Him!

POEM — STREAMS IN THE DESERT

He will not fail, nor mock, nor disappoint you;

His comfort and care change not with the years;

With oil of joy He surly will anoint you,

And wipe away your tears.

SONG — THE REST OF MY DAYS — PHIL DRISCOLL

POWER OF PRAISE

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