Do we trust His presence?

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. 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.

-Psalm 16:5-11

I love this Psalm, because it reminds me that God IS enough. He is not unaware, and He is not unable. So often I loose sight of that, and I place God in the midst of my circumstances, doubting that His presence and purpose is good. But who am I to challenge God, and hold him to a certain man-made standard? Now I say this, being even guilty of it this morning. But I don’t know about you, but I need to remind myself of this. I can definitely sense the Holy Spirit’s presence in my life. It seems to come in various ways. Obviously, His presence is always with us if we have surrendered our lives to Him, but I think there are also some unique, special moments of God’s presence. Last night I was running and listening to some worship music, and I just felt pumped up. And not even pumped up in the sense of my running being successful, but I just felt an excitement, peace, and an assurance that God is in control, and has great plans for the future. It’s like He was reminding me to hang in there, and keep the course. Other times, I just sense His presence in simple moments, when I make a decision, and know that God was leading me there. It’s not rocket science, and sometimes the voice of the Holy Spirit can come in our common sense, because if we know Him, we want to do what’s best according to Him. Here are just three things that I pointed out found in some verses in Psalm 16:

1. He knows what He’s doing– If we’re being honest, we can all say that we don’t always trust what God is doing, because it often times makes zero sense. As humans, we have such a battle to surrender our flesh and fears, and just lay them at His feet, and trust that He knows what He’s doing. This is literally a day by day thing for me. Verse 6 says, “The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” Have you ever wanted a closed door to be open, and an opened door to be closed? Maybe there’s something in your life that you want so bad, but the opportunity just isn’t there, and your trying to open a door that’s locked, which is impossible. You can’t force it. Or maybe it’s the other way around, you don’t want to do something that God is calling you to do, because it scares you and makes you uncomfortable, but God has clearly opened the door, presented the opportunity, and called you. We must not ignore the calling of God, and we must not force situations in our life that God has not made a way too. David writes that the lines have fallen for me in pleasant places. God has placed lines, or boundaries in our lives, to protect us from what we should not partake in. This is a blessing to thank God for, and to be very intentional with. Paying attention to things around us is key. God is working everywhere, even in the smallest things.

2. His presence is ENOUGH–This is a simple truth that is easy to say, but so hard to claim. Because often times, I honestly don’t feel like His presence is enough. I literally have to preach it to myself, and go back to the whole point of this. Which is to glorify God, and if I’m doing that, then I’m trusting His presence. But the truth is, His presence is enough. It brings peace, assurance, strength, confidence, rest, diligence, discipline, and joy. Verse 9 says, “Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.” David is saying that every ounce of his body, flesh, soul, heart, spirit, everything about him, is secure, because of the everlasting presence of God. He is what sustains and keeps us together. His sovereign presence is watching over us, and giving us what we need according to His perfect will, so that we may glorify Him and become more like Him.

3. He will give us the desires of our hearts–Now that last point is good to claim, but can be a little bit of a heart check if you think about it. Because glorifying God is a good thing, and brings the most full-fillment we can imagine, but does this mean that God doesn’t want us to ever have what we desire, but only what He desires? Yes. But the key is this: If we are IN Christ, and one with Him, abiding in His love and direction of the Holy Spirit, we are going to want what He wants, and even our Hearts desires will line up with His heart, and what He intends for us. God wants the best for us, and for our lives to be full of blessings and enjoyment, but it must be according to Him, not this world. Verse 11 says, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” David is receiving the ultimate satisfaction in Christ, through joy. He also says that God makes known to him the paths of life, and brings pleasures forevermore. God’s Spirit will direct us through this life, and show us where to go, who to be with, what to pursue, where to work, and every other detail. He will also bring us pleasure, not only through His presence, but also with blessing us with earthly blessings, which are meant to be used for God’s intended purpose. Yes, this life will be difficult, but will also be filled with blessings, and God giving us what we desire. As Matthew 7:11 says, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” God loves us, and wants us to be full of joy and blessings. We must trust that He will do this, in His perfect timing and plan. But we must be seeking Him!

Enjoy-rest-trust and walk in His presence!

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