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Psalms 16:8

Standing Firm

8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Although David wrote this passage, it is clear that the Holy Spirit was inspiring him to speak for his descendant, Jesus Christ. In Acts 2:25 Peter quoted the rest of this psalm in his speech, which he gave on the day of Pentecost, and clearly stated that David was speaking about the Christ. Yet, we may assume that David also felt that the words of this verse applied to himself.

To set the LORD always before you, one must focus on Him continuously. In our study of the previous verse, we saw that Jesus frequently prayed all night long and received guidance and counsel from God the Father. Spurgeon, however, points out that Jesus was also the man of many sorrows. He wept over the sinful rebellion of the people in Jerusalem; He knew that many people would suffer eternal condemnation in spite of the fact that He would die for their sins; and He knew what kind of suffering and death He was facing. With all of this on his shoulders, how could he maintain such a perfect inner peace and confidence?

To set the LORD always before His face, Jesus had to walk by faith and not be sight. John Calvin, commenting on this verse, wrote, "To set God before us is nothing else than to keep all our senses bound and captive, that they may not run out and go astray after any other object. We must look to him with other eyes than those of the flesh, for we shall seldom be able to perceive him unless we elevate our minds above the world; and faith prevents us from turning our back upon him." It is necessary for us, therefore, to bring every thought and every imagination into the captivity of Jesus Christ so that we are not tempted to turn away from Him.

When we have God at our right hand, He is there to defend us. We defend ourselves primarily with our right hand. Thus, in Psalms 109:31, “He shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him,” and in Psalms 110:5, “The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.” In Psalms 121:5, “the Lord is thy Keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.” The LORD certainly was King David's defender on many occasions. He faced Goliath, King Saul, and the tens of thousands of enemies whom he successfully defeated. And, there can also be no doubt that God the Father defended His Son Jesus. Even though He suffered for us, He did it willingly, and His father defended Him from the corruption of the grave and delivered Him from death.

In this and the previous verse we see the formula for faithful Christian living. A reliance on the counsel of God, a strong prayer life, a continuous focus on the face of God instead of on the world, and the trust that He is there to defend you will bring anyone to the point at which they can say, "I shall not be moved!" I will not lose faith; I will never turn my face from looking heavenward; I will not be defeated; and nothing can separate me from the love of Christ!"

By this very formula, Jesus has overcome the world. He has proven that this level of commitment is fully acceptable to God and He begs us to follow Him. The only question is, "Who will listen, who will accept His counsel?" Will it be you?

Before The Throne:

You can begin this prescribed lifestyle of faith by going to the LORD in prayer and surrendering every thought to Him. That will place Him always before you. Ask for His counsel and accept it. Pray for the awareness to know that He will be at your right hand every moment while you work to serve Him and to obey His counsel. Pray that He will blot out the concerns of this world and keep you focused on His will for your life.

For Further Study:

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** I have. Psa 139:18; Acts 2:25-28; Heb 11:27; ** he is. Psa 73:23, 26; 109:31; 110:5; 121:5; ** I shall. Psa 15:5; 62:6;


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