I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8 ESV)
I work out with a crazy crew of guys. My legs are aching right now from Monday’s workout! Psalm 16:8 is our verse to memorize this week. I know I said yesterday in the blog that I would talk about canonization today. However, I know God is going to speak powerfully through this verse to so many of you.
In this short verse, the Lord is both before David and beside him. To set the Lord always before you is to have Him in the front of your mind. How do you do that? Through His word. God’s word reveals His character, His ways, His dealings with people. When you get into God’s Word, God’s Word gets into you.
Because he is at my right hand. To be on someone’s right hand is to be ready to assist them in their time of greatest need. Consider these verses:
For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save him from those who condemn his soul to death. (Psalm 109:31 ESV)
The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath. (Psalm 110:5 ESV)
The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. (Psalm 121:5 ESV)
God ultimately saved you, the needy one, from those who would condemn your soul to death when he sent his son Jesus to die in your place for your sins. If God will meet your greatest need (salvation), will he not meet all your lesser needs.
What’s shaking you? Worrying you? Causing you to wonder if you’re going to make it through today? Look to your right. You will discover a God who is ready to save you. You will discover a God who will shatter kings on the day of wrath! You will encounter a God who provides shade from the scorching trials assailing you.
Why are you shaking? Put your hand in His.
With him you can charge Hell with a water pistol!