Praise The Lord :)

thursday blessings 2

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Show Me The Paths of Life!!!

Psalm 16:1 Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
Psalm 16:2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
Psalm 16:3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
Psalm 16:4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
Psalm 16:5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
Psalm 16:6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
Psalm 16:7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Psalm 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
Psalm 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

THE PATH OF LIFE
This Psalm, like all of the Messianic psalms, also operates on two levels. On the surface, it reflects the prayer of David who celebrates the joy of his journey on the path of life. But at a deeper level, this Psalm also pictures the resurrection of Jesus. That is the event that makes the birth of Jesus so significant. Had Jesus not risen from the dead, then His birth and His suffering and death on the cross would have been long forgotten.
• The resurrection of Jesus makes it possible to choose the path of life
We don’t have to speculate at all about whether this Psalm pictures the resurrection of Jesus. Both Peter and Paul quote this Psalm in their preaching that is recorded for us in the Book of Acts and clearly apply it to that vital event. We’ll begin with a portion of Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost:
God raised him [Jesus] up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him, In Acts 24 we see:
Acts 2:24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
Acts 2:25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
Acts 2:26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
Acts 2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Acts 2:28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

Later as Paul preached in the synagogue in Antioch in Pisdia, he used this Psalm in a similar manner:
And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm,
“‘You are my Son,
today I have begotten you.’
And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way,
“‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’
Therefore he says also in another psalm,
“‘You will not let your Holy One see corruption.’
For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, but he whom God raised up did not see corruption.
Acts 13:27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.
Acts 13:28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.
Acts 13:29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.
Acts 13:30 But God raised him from the dead:
Acts 13:31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.
Acts 13:32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,
Acts 13:33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
Acts 13:34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.
Acts 13:35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Acts 13:36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
Acts 13:37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.

Here Paul reveals that verse 10 of Psalm 16 could not merely apply to David since his body was buried in the ground, where it decayed. Jesus, on the other hand, was raised up by God so that His body did not see corruption.
Although David certainly couldn’t fully understand the implications of what he was writing, it was the resurrection of Jesus that made it possible for him and for us to travel the path of life that he describes in the rest of the Psalm.
We can’t travel that path without God’s help and the resurrection of Jesus, in which God demonstrates His power over death, is proof that God is more than capable of helping us to live that kind of life in which we experience fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore.
But at the same time, God never forces us to live our lives in a manner that is consistent with His character and His ways. We have to choose to experience the blessing that only comes from taking that path of life. Here in this Psalm, David provides us with some very practical ways that we can choose to take that path.
And what we find, as we see throughout the rest of Scripture, is that living that kind of life is not merely a matter of following a list of “do’s” and “don’ts”. It does not consist of following three, or seven or ten steps that are the key to an abundant and joyful life. Instead, it is a matter of the heart – a heart that delights in the very same things in which God delights.
Psalm with these words:
We should merriment in the joy of believing that God is the sum of all patience and the true essence of kindly good will! Because He is what He is, we please Him most, not by frantically trying to make ourselves good, but by throwing ourselves into His arms with all our imperfections and believing, and knowing that He understands everything – and loves us still! The God who desires our fellowship and communion is not hard to please.
God only expects us to follow the path of life because He has Himself supplied everything we need to do that through the resurrection of the Messiah, Jesus. Through the most significant event in the history of mankind, God has supplied us with the ability to take the path of life by developing a heart that delights in the things in which he delights.
I take the path of life by delighting in:
• God’s presence
The Psalmist bookends this Psalm with the concept of delighting in God’s presence. He begins in verses 1 and 2 by describing how he takes refuge in God and how there is nothing good in his life apart from God. And then he closes the Psalm by revealing that it is in the presence of God that he finds “fullness of joy.”
We know that God is omnipresent. As the Psalmist expressed correctly, there is nowhere we can go to flee from His presence:
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
Psalm 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

 

The primary way that we delight in God is to delight in His Word. That idea is confirmed in Psalm 119 where the Psalmist proclaims that he delights in God’s law a total of ten times.
So if I want to delight in God’s presence I must be consistently spending time in His Word because that is where He reveals Himself to me. But in order to experience God’ presence in His Word, I need to approach our Bible reading and study with the right attitude.
Perhaps, like me, you have been taught from a very early stage in your walk with Jesus, the importance of having a daily “quiet time” with God. While that is not necessarily a bad thing at all, the problem I have found over the years is that most people tend to follow some formula – and there are certainly all kinds of them out there – for how to do that. So the focus often becomes on completing that task just like we do with all the other ones on our to-do list each day.
There is certainly some value in developing a habit of spending time in God’s Word and in prayer every day, but if we don’t move beyond viewing that as a task to be completed, we will never truly experience the delight of being in God’s presence.
In the preface to his book, The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer writes these relevant and insightful words:
The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.”
That’s how we delight in God’s presence as we spend time in His Word. The purpose of our time in the Bible should be to get to know God, not just know about Him. It is in His Word that we get to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).
We certainly know that David, as a man after God’s own heart, delighted in God’s Word and in the presence of God that he experienced there. That’s certainly a great place to start if we want to follow the path of life.

Here in this Psalm, David calls those saints “excellent ones” and he expresses his delight in them.
So who exactly are the saints? Certainly not everyone who claims to be a Christian fits the definition of one who has been “set apart”. When someone makes a genuine commitment to make Jesus their Savior and Lord, then that means that they will automatically be set apart from the rest of the world as they live their lives in a manner that is consistent with who God is.
Jesus made it clear that His true disciples would live their lives in a manner in which it would be apparent that they were not like the rest of the world:
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciplies
When Jesus speaks here of abiding in His word, He is describing those who live their live s in a manner that is consistent with that which He has revealed. That is His definition of what it means to be a “saint”. Like David, we are to delight in those who choose to live a life like that which is set apart for God’s use. And in Acts 2, we are given a glimpse into what occurs when God’s people delight in each other:
John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
• God’s provision
Psalm 16:5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
Psalm 16:6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

We find several words that describe God’s provision in David’s life – chosen portion, cup, lot and inheritance. In the culture of David’s time, those terms would have normally represented material blessings. But David proclaims that God Himself is his portion and his cup and his lot and his inheritance.
There is certainly a sense of contentment in David’s life here. Whatever God has chosen to supply Him with will be completely adequate for him.
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
Psalm 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

If we could only learn to live our lives with that attitude, we would all experience the fullness of joy so much more. But as we all know, that is easier said than done. Let’s be honest. When we see others, especially those who could care less about God, prospering materially, it’s hard not to want what they have – a bigger house, a newer car, a bigger flat screen TV, or the latest, greatest computer or smart phone.
And our culture certainly doesn’t help us out here. We turn on the TV and are bombarded with commercials trying to convince us that our lives will be better if we’ll just buy their product. And during this time of year, that mindset even carries over into our gift buying for others. Every Christmas, so many people go into debt to buy things they can’t afford thinking that will somehow demonstrate their love for others only to find that so many of those gifts end up gathering dust, only to become someone else’s “white elephant” gift the following year.
Here is how the writer of Hebrews expressed this principle:
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

If God loves us so much that He will never leave us or forsake us, don’t you think He is perfectly capable of providing us with whatever we need? And the truth of the matter is that in almost every case, He provides His children with so much more than that.
David understood that God had provided him with all that was really needed – God Himself. Once we realize that, then we can learn to be content with whatever else God has chose to bless us with and to have a grateful heart. And when we do that, we will certainly be on the path of life and experience the fullness of joy.
• God’s principles
Psalm 16:7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

David reflects upon how God has guided his life. God provided him with counsel and instructed him. But that was just the starting point. David had also chosen to obey that which God had taught him – he chose to set the Lord always before him.
He certainly didn’t view God’s commands as being burdensome, or something to be applied grudgingly. In fact, he recognized that the key to having joy in his life was to live his life in a way that was consistent with God’s character and His ways.
• There is blessing in obeying God, not for obeying God.
We don’t earn God’s blessing by living like that. God can’t be manipulated like that. But God has designed His creation in a way that when it lives in harmony with who He is, that becomes the blessing.
LETS START TO BLESS OUR PRECIOUS LORD….

O OUR GREAT SAVIOUR
Jesus! what a Friend for sinners!
Jesus! Lover of my soul;
Friends may fail me, foes assail me,
He, my Savior, makes me whole.
Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Hallelujah! what a Friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
He is with me to the end.
Jesus! what a Strength in weakness!
Let me hide myself in Him;
Tempted, tried, in Him confiding,
He, my Strength, my vict’ry wins.
Jesus! what a Help in sorrow!
While the billows o’er me roll,
Even when my heart is breaking,
He, my Comfort, helps my soul.
Jesus! what a Guide and Keeper!
While the tempest still is high,
Storms about me, night o’ertakes me,
He, my Pilot, hears my cry.
Jesus! I do now receive Him,
More than all in Him I find;
Christ in me, the Hope of glory,
I am His, and He is mine.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

 

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