7 I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.
8 I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will dwell securely.
10 For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
11 You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Ps 16:7-11
Are you secure? Do you feel secure? Is it possible to be secure? The question of security surfaces in our minds when ugly, unexpected and evil events happen close to us. I am not sure why they are so unexpected, yet they are. In our relatively comfortable rural context we just don’t expect the type of events that took place in our local grocery store to happen. It is interesting that the scripture often speaks of security (v 9 above) yet it is seldom directly connected to the physical reality but instead the spiritual reality. Notice the passage above. In verse 8 the author refers to setting the Lord “continually before” him…as well as having the Lord at his ”right hand” The result is that he “will not be shaken.” and he will “dwell securely.” I am not naïve enough to think that life will never shake me or that tragedy will never touch me. I let go of that illusion long ago. Yet I am also not naïve enough to think that my ultimate security has anything to do with my physical context…..it really has everything to do with my spiritual mindset. Have I set the Lord “continually before me” …meaning have I set Christ as my goal…my ambition….my aspiration? It’s interesting that this portion of this Psalm is quoted by Peter in his sermon in Acts 2….and Peter is applying it to Jesus. So, was Jesus secure? Did Jesus feel secure? Was it possible for Jesus to be secure? The answer of course is “YES”. What happened in Jesus’ life was not a tragedy but part of an eternal plan for the Glory of God. So, let us “dwell securely” today and every day!!!!
Thanks for allowing me to give vent to my thoughts during this strange time we live.