Posted By Nan

Psalm 16

I love this Psalm. From the beautiful commencing verse “Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge” to the closing verse “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with your joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand”.
I turn to this Psalm when the world seems overwhelming and it give me comfort.
I am reminded of a song by Supertramp, “Lord is it mine”. I don’t know the meaning of that song and if it refers to God or another god. But I find some of the lines really speak of how I feel often.
Lines such as “You know I get so weary from the battles in this life And there's many times it seems that you're the only hope in sight” and “I never cease to wonder at the cruelty of this land But it seems a time of sadness is a time to understand”. 2019 was been a year where the battles of life have left me particularly weary. A year when the cruelty of a world obsessed with preening, unempathic, harsh leaders has left so many struggling in poverty and injustice. These things really get me down.
Later in the song there are the words: “When everything's dark And nothing seems right You don't have to win And there's no need to fight”. They speak to me of the truth of God. I find they echo psalms such as psalm 16 powerfully.
The truth is we do not have to win and we do not need to fight. The fate of this world belongs with God. Godless leaders, like the current crop of world leaders, may believe the fate of the world lies with them, but it doesn’t. This world’s fate lies with God. He has the control and the plan. So we do not have to win. Nor do we need to fight.
We need to remain still in faith and trust. To do what God commands and be still when God commands. No matter what is going on in this world God will fill us with joy at His presence.
What more cause for joy is there than that?

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