Psalm 16:8-11 : I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, 10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. 11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Response: I have set the Lord always before me. David did not by fits and starts set the Lord before him; but he “always” set the Lord before him in his course; he had his eye upon the Lord. I have equally set the Lord before me; at one time as well as another, without any irregular affections or passions, etc. In every place, in every condition, in every company, in every employment, and in every enjoyment, I have set the Lord equally before me; and this raised him, and raised my testimony as a Christian, by degrees, to a very great height of holiness. Love sets the soul on musing, and to praying. Meditation is prayer in gold, prayer in the ore – soon melted and run into holy desires.
My flesh shall rest in hope. That hope which is grounded on the word, gives rest to the soul; It is an anchor to keep it steady. Hebrews 6:13 . The promise sustains our faith, and our faith is that which supports us. He that hopes in the Word as David did ( Psalms 119:81 ), lays a mighty stress upon it; as Samson did when he leaned upon the pillars of the house, so as to pull it down upon the Philistines. A believer throws the whole weight of all his affairs and concerns, temporal, spiritual, and eternal, upon the promises of God, like a man resolved to stand or fall with them. He ventures himself, and all that belongs to him, entirely upon this bottom, which is in effect to say, if they will not bear me up, I am content to sink; I know that there shall be a performance of those things which have been told me from the Lord, and therefore I will incessantly look for it.
The believers, can also say, Thou wilt show me the path of life. This life means the blessedness reserved in heaven for the people of God after the resurrection. It has three characters
- it flows from his presence.
- it is fulness of joy.
- it is permanent.
The pleasures are for evermore, been told me from the Lord, and therefore I will incessantly look for it.
Dear Father, as you bless, you add no sorrow with it as we focus our eyes on you. Thank you for love, joy, peace that are promised to your children, the blessed. Thank you we can rest in you. We praise and glorify your name. Amen.