As Seen on Sunday: My Refuge - Psalm 16
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Pattern recognition helps us quickly adapt to new situations. Our brains recognize the circumstance and prepare to act in the proper manner.
Most of the time we fall into the same traps because we have failed to identify the patterns that lead us down the familiar paths of despair.
We end up in the same messes because we unconsciously walk the same paths.
So how do we break out of these destructive patterns?
By replacing them with Biblical patterns - and with the help of Psalm 16 we can learn to identify patterns and install them in our prayer lives. When they are installed in our prayers lives they must be executed in action.
We pray. We act. We change.
So Let’s break down Psalm 16 together.
Request (v. 1)
Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is ask.
It's often harder to ask specifically.
"Preserve me" is a specific request.
It comes from a person who is feeling the deterioration and decay of harsh circumstances.
So many times we make our prayers about our circumstances - but this prayer is personal. "Preserve ME."
There are two things necessary for such a personal prayer:
- The belief that God cares about you as a child
A child seeks refuge in a parent and is not ashamed to ask for it.
We, unfortunately, have to relearn this because we have sought refuge in our parents and have been let down.
After our request, we must learn to confess
Confession (vv. 2-4)
I say to the Lord, "You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you."As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.
Confession is not just about admitting what is wrong, or what you have done wrong - Confession is also about proclaiming what is right or what is true.
When we live in denial of what actually is, we give ourselves an excuse to live in a lie that we tell ourselves.
David confesses three truths in this section:
- He has no good apart from his Lord
- He delights in the saints
- He knows what happens to ungodly people.
These are facts to David. They are his framework for viewing his circumstances.
What are the truths that frame your circumstances?
Can you name them? confess them?
Can you accurately name the good and the bad - both are parts of the truth.
To deny either leaves you with an incomplete confession and will weaken any attempt at resolve.
Resolution (vv. 5-8)
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 also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
What will you choose to believe and how will you choose to live?
We overcome our ailments when we confess the truth, yes, but also when we resolve to hold onto that truth no matter what is thrown our way.
Confessing and resolving are not easy, but necessary.
David chose to think about the good that God had provided for him.
He chose to see his God as a choice portion, one who give wise counsel and instruction.
Then he chooses to set the Lord before him.
And resolves that he will not be shaken from this stance.
These are resolutions - they are choices purposefully made in the face of circumstances.
The same choices you can make in the face of your circumstances.
Through faith you don’t have to be shaken and tossed around because God has made a covenant with you, a promise
Promise (vv. 9-11)
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
The comfort of God’s promises comes after we the tumultuous trials of clinging to them.
David wrestled with himself and the truth of God’s promises through the writing of this Psalm.
And because of his seeking for help, his confession of dependency on God, and his resolution to follow in faith, David’s heart turns from needing the refuge to his heart being glad.
Remember, we started out talking about needing a safe space from the collapsing world around us.
Now we are talking about gladness and rejoicing.
Why? Because of God’s promises.
Our future will not be one of destruction or abandonment - Two fears that creep into our lives on a regular basis.
David seeks refuge and is promised peace, fullness, knowledge, and pleasure.
But these are not temporary distractions from our problems - like new iPhones or stolen UFC fights...
These are the eternal salve that mends a wounded soul.
Now I don’t know where you’re at in your spiritual, emotional, physical, walk with Jesus.
But I do know there is a refuge for those who ask and resolve to live out the confessions of truth. God promises more than just safety in the midst of the storm. He promises that you will be able to walk in joy and peace the path of life.
You won’t be abandoned and alone - despite what you keep telling yourself.
You are a child of God - will you choose to confess that truth or continue to believe the lie?