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What song are you singing?

Posted in Devotional Thought, God's Word, Psalm, Psalm 16 with tags , , , on January 30, 2010 by Lee

Have you been watching American Idol? My family and I are not necessarily die hards. However, we try to avoid the trash of the opening auditions and watch the top 25 compete. It’s fun to watch the talent develop over time and see the cream of the crop rise to the top (in most cases).

As I have watched, I have discovered there are many threads that weave a good performance together. One key thread is song selection. A contestant choosing the wrong song will find themselves under a barrage of comments from the judges – “that is not the song for you.” Picking the right song becomes as important has singing it well.

Life is a song. (Can I say with out it sounding like a cliché?) But this song is sung with the way we live life. The lyrics are written by behavior not just words.

King David sang songs. He recorded several of those songs and they are found in the book of Psalm. One on my top 20 countdown list is Psalm 16. The inspiration for the lyrics in the psalm appear to be life itself. It is not uncommon for song writers to find the words for a song from the life they live. David expresses that here.

“Preserve me, O God,”; “You are my Lord, I have no good apart from you.” David found his life in the person who gave him life. He knew anything good in him did not come from him but from God.

“The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” David knew the good things from life, the ‘blessings’ were from God.

So he “set the Lord always before” him so he would not be “shaken” or beat down by life. David sang about God “making known to him the path of life” and finding “joy” and “pleasures” from God.

I wonder what song you are singing today? Do the lyrics reflect the grand presence of God in your life or does your song fall flat?


Psalm 16:8

Posted in Devotional Thought, Psalm 16 on April 21, 2006 by Lee

Psalm 16:8
I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

The psalmist here speaks of walking, living out – every moment of his life in the presence of God. As a believer in Christ, His presence is always before me. He is with me in my going out and my coming in (Ps. 121). He is with me in my every day conversations, attitudes, actions, thoughts, and in the secret places of my heart that only I think I see. What conviction! God is present in every single sinful thought, attitude and action. God is present in all my doing. The filth he must see in my heart.

He is at my right hand – God stands at a place of protection in my life. As he goes with me from place to place – even thought to thought – God stands to protect. So what ever enters my life I can take comfort in the truth that it will ultimately be for my good because of a God who will protect me in this life.

Great promise: God is always present – God’s action will always protect.

Great principle: God presence should be on my mind as I consider my thinking and my actions. The promise of God’s protection should comfort me no matter what I face in this life.

Country Life / Psalm 16:7

Posted in Devotional Thought, Family, Psalm 16 on April 21, 2006 by Lee

Yesturday – Rhonda and I started our day like this:
Chasing down one dog to remove the rabit skins from his mouth. Chasing the other dog down to remove the dead bird. Then we caught a mouse in our trash can. The joys of country life!! (The night before she caught our 1st scropion in the house!)

Well – I need to finish my thoughts on Psalm 16. So here is a small thought on the next verse:
Psalm 16:7

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.

How often do I bless the Lord for what he gives? How often do I give thanks for all that God pours upon me? I am afraid that it is not often enough. God gives me so much yet I show little gratitude and give little blessing back to God for it.

Father, forgive the littleness of my heart toward blessing and thanking you for all the counsel you give to me.

Meditations on Psalm 16 (Verse 6)

Posted in Devotional Thought, Psalm 16 on December 2, 2005 by Lee

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
(Psalms 16:6 ESV)

I thought I might try to do 2 or 3 verse today, but I could not get past this verse. I find a great deal of comfort and conviction.

The first statement of the verse, “The lines have fallen..” is very interesting to me. I have to admit I really did not have a clue as to what David (the Psalmist) was talking about here. But after doing a little study I discovered a great truth from the Psalm.

The word line here is hebel: A masculine or feminine noun meaning cord, pangs, region, company. This word has many meanings, depending on the context. The most basic meaning is a rope or a cord. The cords would be decorative or used to bound animals or even people. The word is used symbolically to talk about sin or death. It is even used to talk about the pangs of childbirth. The word is used to describe a geographic region or the allotment of an inheritance. In a few instances it is used to describe a company of prophets.

Here in Psalm 16 it is a dividing or measuring tool. These ‘lines’ were used by the ancients to measure out land. This is the way the Israelites divided up the land – the lines were drawn and lots were cast to see who received what section of land. This is the most likely thought by David here. The measurement of his life has fallen in a pleasant place.

David felt the measurement of his life had fallen (by lot – God’s will) in a pleasant place. The Psalmist knew that the pleasantness of his life was from God. It is God who measures our life and determines its place. He had a beautiful inheritance from God.

The great promise: When God measures the life the outcome is always the best.

The great principle: I need to regularly look at God’s ‘line’ on my life and trust Him with the places my life leads. As his child I will always have a beautiful inheritance from God.

Meditations on Psalm 16 (verses 4-5)

Posted in Devotional Thought, Psalm 16 on November 29, 2005 by Lee

It is been a long while since my last post. Been focused on some other things and I have made little time to for the blog. It is time to get back on track. Here are some more thoughts on Psalm 16.

Again these are not exhaustive – but are some brief insights in to this passage:

Psalm 16:4-5 (ESV)

The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips. The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.

These two verses are rich with many things. Let me just focus on a few thoughts.

The word sorrow in the Hebrew can also mean idol. “The idols of those who run after another god will multiply.” However, the word can also mean pain or literally sorrow. Those who chase after other gods will ultimately face multiplied sorrow or pain.

To place any thing above God is to make it an idol. Running after it (the word run means to hasten. To quickly go after. Those who run after other gods do it quickly) will only bring you sorrow.

The psalmist declares not to participate in worship to them (drink offerings, stating their names). In verse 5 he declares that the LORD – the one true God is his chosen portion. Portion is his substance or the place of his strength. The LORD is his cup – the place or source of all his joy.

The great promise: The LORD is our place of strength and our joy.

The great principle: The running after idols will only bring sorrow. The LORD is our strength, our joy; he is the very source of life.

Where are you going for strength? Where are you going for joy?

Meditations on Psalm 16 (Verse 3)

Posted in Devotional Thought, Psalm 16 on October 14, 2005 by Lee

As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. – Psalm 16:3 (ESV)

This verse continues on the thought from verse 2: A declaration of God’s lordship and no goodness comes to self (or anyone for that matter) apart from God.

Lets break some stuff down:
The Saints (the holy or sacred) in the land – The people of God on the earth.

They are excellent – word used to describe the noble or leaders of the land

In whom is all my delight – I find pleasure.

LMF translation: “I find great pleasure in God’s people for they are the real noble and the real leaders of society.”

David found refuge and his goodness in God. But while on earth he took great delight in those who also called upon God – friends of God – God’s people.

A Great Principle: I am to find pleasure in my church community. I am to seek the encouragement, support, challenge and community that comes from living in the midst of God’s people. I am to find delight.

Meditations on Psalm 16 (Verse 2)

Posted in Devotional Thought, Psalm 16 on October 7, 2005 by Lee

David uses two different names for God. Jehovah (1st occurrence) is the word that refers to the proper name of the God of Israel. It is the name God used to revealed Himself to Moses (Ex. 6:2-3). It literally means self Existent or eternal.

Adoni (2nd occurrence) is a noun used exclusively of God. It literally means my Lord. It is the title spoken in place of Yahweh as a display of reverence.

“I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;” is a declaration of position. The author places himself under the one true God – Jehovah and makes Him his Lord – the Adoni. David recognizes his position under the God of the universe; under the God he calls out for preservation and whom he puts his trust.

“I have no good apart from you.” Speaks to the truth that goodness comes from God and only God. True goodness will only be found in the Father.

The Promise: God’s Lordship brings God’s goodness.

The Principle: True goodness is found only in God – What comes from God must be good.