The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
Indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night, my heart also counsels me.
I have set the Lord always before me because
he is at my right hand and I will not be shaken.
Therefore, my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also wells secure.
Distractions have interrupted my writing for a while, but the “night songs” still lift me up. Life has led me to lean in and literally to survive as I continue to reflect on these encouraging songs of David. Picking up at Psalm 16 could not be more timely. The positive testimony of this Psalm, also belongs to Jesus, and Peter refers to verse eight when he shares the Good News on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:25).
I too celebrate the fact that God has completely chosen and ordered my life. My idea of “chosen portion”, “pleasant places” and a “beautiful inheritance” sounds like life on the beachfront, or a log cabin in a mountain hideaway. An idyllic, stress free life.
However, this kind of contentment does not come that easy. In fact, it may not be possible apart from struggles, pain, sorrow, discouragement and temptation. Peace is meaningless unless we understand what the lack of peace is like. Rejoicing in victories can only come at the cost of battle. At night, The Word in my heart counsels me to be in awe of God’s care, direction, and protection. This physical life, combined with a knowledge of our Lord and Savior is what gives security.
I am learning not to be surprised about the struggles. Jesus warned us there would be trouble, but also reminded us that He is the one who holds us during the fight. His victory is our victory if we belong to Him. And if we belong to Him, he will call us into the battles that will strengthen us and at the same time, strengthen His church. Rest easy in the truth that we can face tomorrow because there is victory in Jesus.