Trust in the Real Gift
Psalm 16 (NRSV)-
1 Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” 3 As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble, in whom is all my delight. 4 Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names upon my lips. 5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. 6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage. 7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. 8 I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure. 10 For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit. 11 You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Trust makes or breaks relationships.
Although we may not be able to see or touch it, it is obvious whether or not trust exists between two people. It determines the success or failure of our relationships with friends, spouses, children, and God.
In Psalm 16, we learn about God through the Psalmist’s trust in him. Through the Psalmist’s trust in God, he is able to ask God to keep him safe, to choose God over all else in the world, and to affirm that God will be faithful to his promises.
The Psalmist’s affirmation of God’s faithfulness saturates the 16th Psalm. In doing so, we read that God is better than anything else and that we do not need more to flourish in life.
Since we do not need more, we need a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. That is, more success, prestige, money, friends, and assets will not satisfy or bring us joy. Only God will satisfy us and bring joy to the rest of our lives.
Everything beyond a relationship with our Heavenly Father is temporary. Everything else will leave us wanting. So, our contentment is grounded in who God is and not what we have and have done.
Since contentment is found in God, we, like the Psalmist, must realize that we have no good apart from God. In doing so, we must accept that we did not earn our gifts, abilities, or blessings. And, that we have no good apart from the giver of every good and perfect gift.
Today, since the real gift is God’s grace, rather than seeking more, let’s trust God’s goodness and experience eternal satisfaction and joy.
Heavenly Father God, through the loving sacrifice of your son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we have been given the eternal gift of your grace. Please guide us to accept that gift with our whole beings, spirits, and hearts. So, knowing that this is a good and perfect gift, please teach us to no longer chase after more. And, since all good and perfect gifts come from you, please help us to experience eternal joy and satisfaction. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!