Hi CCQ family,
I’m writing this to encourage you all during this time of difficulty and uncertainty. The challenges we face because of the Coronavirus have affected all of us. As Christians, God wants us to allow these circumstances that test us to strengthen our faith in Him knowing that our Heavenly Father will take care of us. He doesn’t want us to be gripped with fear and doubt but have peace and trust in Him because He will always be faithful to us all. That’s why I wanted share with you from my own study in Psalm 16…
I would strongly encourage you to read all of Psalm 16 for yourself. That is the best way to get the most out of the scriptures.
Psalm 16 can be adapted into four parts:
- Verses 1-4: A prayer for God’s watchful protection
- Verses 5-6: David’s acknowledgement that God is his portion and that only God can maintain what was given to him; David’s inheritance; David’s lot.
- Verses 7-8: Thanksgiving for God’s counsel
- Verses 9-11: The Messiah’s victory
Today we’ll look briefly at Part 1 (Psalm 16:1-4). This psalm is called a Michtam of David. Michtam can have different meanings, including “engraved in gold,” “to cover,” or “secret treasure.” We are not sure when this psalm was written or what occasion it was for, however, some scholars believe David wrote it soon after God had given him the covenant of an enduring throne (2 Samuel 7). Others think that it was written during a time of crisis and pressure. Whether or not we know the exact time and occasion, we do know that many of the psalms David wrote were the product of his learning experiences through trials, great victories, and precious promises given to him from God.
David was a king, perhaps the greatest king Israel ever had, but the kingdom did not come to him easily. God anointed David king and promised him the throne when he was young. But the throne wasn’t given to him overnight. God used the trials in David’s life to prepare him for kingship, a process that took many years with multiple lessons learned in the valleys and on the battlefield.
FOR RICHER OR POORER, IN SICKNESS OR IN HEALTH, IN LIFE OR IN DEATH, JESUS, OUR HEAVENLY BRIDEGROOM, WILL PRESERVE US.
One of the lessons David had to learn was that only God could preserve him. Verse one begins the psalm with a prayer for preservation. Then in verses 2-3 he reminds himself of his personal confession to the Lord and of his own love for God’s people. Lastly, in verse 4 he gives a warning to those who follow after false gods. David knew that there is one true God, who is good to His people and delights in them. Furthermore, He desires for them to trust that He will watch over, protect, and preserve them as He did for David. For example, in 2 Samuel 8:6 and 8:14 we read “that the Lord preserved David wherever he went.” From the beginning of David’s life to the end, David was watchfully protected by God. David learned the lesson of God’s protecting and sustaining power, so he continually prayed for God’s preservation for himself and his people.
This is a good reminder for us at any time in our life but especially now during this difficult season that we find ourselves in. Only God can protect us from the many dangers that are in this world. God wants us to trust in Him as David did. And what David learned we too need to learn; that God is faithful. For richer or for poorer, in sickness or in health, in life or in death, Jesus, our heavenly bridegroom, will preserve us.