Thoughts from Psalm 16

With God at My Right Hand


Now here’s a thought: - God’s Presence in our lives can be known, appreciated and responded to, as we pay attention to all the various ways God speaks and shows God’s-Self to us, in our every day. Jesus said that humans do not live by bread alone. There are unseen realities and wide and deep mysteries, beyond what we can see and feel and handle. And not to fear, for there is a God - and God is for us. Says the Psalmist - Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup. You make my lot secure.

And then I think of how this has not just come to me, to our family, alone. God’s faithfulness has been known to our families - to the family of Faith, generation after generation. Again the Psalmist - The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.

The right response, of course, to all of this are words - are a life - of praise and thanksgiving. A life of paying attention to the One who is there, present always in our lives - the one who speaks to us deeply, even in dark places and times. The Psalmist continues - I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.

There is a kind of confidence that comes from and with faith - not something we must, but a gift given as we trust, as we keep looking to God, beyond the seen and in the midst of the seen - and even in what is seen, in our lives. And again, the Psalmist - I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Light and life are essential to guide our steps on Life’s Journey. And to know that there is more - the best, yet to come, fills us with deep gratitude, excillaration and anticipation. The Psalmist concludes by addressing God — personally, intimately - You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

What else can we say but ‘Amen’ to all that?! 

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