1Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.
2I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You.”
3As for the saints who are in the earth,
They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.
4The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied;
I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood,
Nor will I take their names upon my lips.
5The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You support my lot.
6The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.
7I 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.
9Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will dwell securely.
10For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
11You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
Steps to the path of Life
-Allegiance to divine authority – you are Lord of ME. The Lord shall choose for me my way. “this is the way, walk ye in it” nothing like obedience to make you feel like you stepped out of a warm shower and it makes you feel holy.
-Rejection of self righteousness – destroy first step of obedience if we mess this one up.
-Do good to the saints.
-Appreciation of saintly excellence. Not enough interaction between generations and appreciation of one another. Appreciate that they are like us b/c Christ is in them and He is in us. We have levels of acceptance and it is hard to get rid of—gender, race, social and economic status, education. If you ask the Lord to take that out of you he will surround you will people higher than you and lower than you b/c He is the divine balancer. Have to learn to delight in one another. Find Jesus in everyone. EVERYONE! If you do you will delight in Him. “for by this all men will know…look at the love they have for one another”
-Delight in their fellowship
-Fear of the Lord without compromise, that I may please Him. Vs. 8
-Worship and praise. Needs to come to new level. It will not come through instruments or choir. When every person participates. Power of unity. Salvations occur/Baptisms of the Spirit/deliverance/healing occur just in the presence of unified worship. Revival is UNITY. Blessing of the Lord is in
UNITY. Psalm 133.
-Faith in God. God so loved the world that he gave His Son…He still gives. Gives it all through Jesus.
-Satisfaction with your heritage. Why do we care so much about the things that are not eternal? We have been resurrected.
Every stage of growth has its own pain. Growth always causes trouble b/c it causes a need that we didn’t have before we grew.
I have been created to be a son of God. I am not like the world. I was created to be a vessel of light. What does that mean? It means I am a reflections. A demonstrator of what God purposed when He sent Jesus to earth. When Jesus was crucified I was crucified with Him. He took me into Himself and He said He wanted me to be crucified with Him b/c He did not want me to be crucified without Him.
Some people stay there though and never get off the cross. Get off the cross.
Glory is not new. The church of today acts like it is new but it has always been there- the church of today has just not walked in it. Christ is the glory. Christ lives in you. You are the experience of Christ. Therefore you are the glory.
Open your eyes and see Christ in yourself and in others. Get up from your past. I don’t want hear about it if it is under the blood of Christ. You don’t want to hear or talk about it if it is under the blood of Christ. Do not write a book on it. (haha I am reminded of the one I was writing that AOL deleted and I think now oh how the Father preserves me. Thank you Lord!)
Never been a day when so many gods were being made/praised as there are today. We have read about these types of days in the Old Testament but today we are living them.
Oh God preserve me for in YOU I trust. Why is it that I have such a difficult time in trusting the Lord in every phase of all my lives? Sometimes I have to talk to myself and remind myself that I said God could do whatever He wanted with me…that I trusted Him. Do I still trust? For better or worse. That is a marriage vow but is that not what we are in. Would be good if maybe we held a church marriage to the Lord. Those vows are strong.
Sometimes loose our witness because of dissatisfaction. I testify of dissatisfaction and that is my one job – to witness. If my words don’t speak them, my face and mannerisms do. You can tell a satisfied person. Satisfied individuals walk in truth. They don’t have to clarify that God is good. They are honest about what they are going through and they are real. They ask for prayer when needed. No matter what is going on they know in their spirit that He is worthy to be trusted. Is there Life in me? There is light and life in the Word. Is it in me? I have to learn to take off that weight of heaviness. If the heaviness is the burden of the Lord do it in the prayer closet and not in public. Babies are beautiful but they born in private for a reason.
We are at the end of the age and if we are the HOPE! If I am the HOPE of men and women seeing Christ I need to take another look and come up a few steps. I have to learn to stop emphasizing one gift and ignoring the rest. I will say as Jesus walked I walk and whatever is needed I will bring forth.
Iverna- I believe in “praying through”…these days they call that an “open heaven” but in old days they called it praying through. Prayed until you got a breakthrough. Getting to a place where YOU left. It is the will of God to put an open heaven over every believer so that we walk in the light as he is in the light. How is He in the light? He never leaves the presence of the Father. Will of God that there be open heaven over me all the time…but if I don’t learn to get through ME then I can’t push through with authority as a son of God.
Have to have recognition that I was crucified on that cross with Christ, I rose from that grave with Christ, and I live on this earth with Christ. Believe that and walk in that fellowship all day long. Can’t pattern after the world and find the path of life (Proverbs 5:6). One big problem in this world- we want to walk the path of the world with His blessing. We should never try to copy the world although we should not get hung up if there are overlaps.
The path of life He is talking of in Psalm 16 is a path that is only one step at a time. That is the catch. God isn’t surprised about what is going on in your life. He is prepared. Lazarus example. Why was Jesus not worried about Lazarus dying? He was prepared. Have you thought that it is too late for something to happen in your life. It is never too late for the person that is prepared. He does not always tell you that what you are going through or have gone through is b/c He has something better around the corner… but HE IS ALWAYS PREPARED. He said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. You will never be ashamed or fail. You can’t fail…even if it looks and feels like failure but it is not. In the end you get the double portion.
What leads us to the path of light is instruction and correction. Prob 10:17, 15:24
Psalm 16 says to be content with your heritage…stop looking at the path laid out for others. We say is this IT Lord? Isn’t there more? Maybe there is not more until your are satisfied with what He has given you so far. Be content with your heritage – THAT CAME AS A HARD BUT GOOD WORD FOR ME. I STRUGGLE SO MUCH WITH MY EARTHLY HERITAGE.