PSALM 16

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Psalm 16:4-5

DETERMINATION

 

"Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips. The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot."

 

One of the most determined people I know is our son Mark.  When he decides he's going to do something it will get done.  When he was studying music in college he discovered that he was using the wrong technique to blow his trumpet.  One summer he came home from college and stopped playing.  Then, he slowly started relearning how to blow his trumpet. By the end of the summer he had learned to do it correctly.  Before he completed his under graduate studies, he had become "first chair".

 

When it comes to serving the Lord we need a good bit of determination. David shows his determination in our text.

 

REASON FOR SORROW - "Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god:"

When people do not serve the Lord but follow other "gods" they are asking for trouble.

True peace only comes from commitment to Christ. Matthew 11:28-30, John 14:27

 

 

RESOLVE OF FAITHFULNESS - "their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips."

Even as Christians our hearts can sway to the worship of activities, things, and people.  We must resolve not to act like the unsaved.

 

RESERVATION FOR THE LORD - "The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot."

I have reserved the Lord as the portion of my inheritance and cup.

 

 

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Psalm 16:11

LIFE AT ITS BEST!

 

Early one morning I was called out to minister to a family whose 17 year old son apparently took his own life.  We would be quick to say that he didn't have life at its best!

 

There are people who go through life always striving to get ahead, and seemingly frustrated because they are going nowhere. They do not have life at its best.

 

There are others, who in spite of terrible trials and tribulations, seem to accomplish much in life, and usually seem to be satisfied.  They have discovered life at its best!  Such a life is described in Psalm 16:11.

 

THE PATH OF LIFE

There are many roads I can take to get from my home in Fultonville, NY to Albany, NY.  The distance is about 35 miles, and any number of routes, direct and indirect, may be taken. When it comes to eternal life, there is only one path to take. That path to life is faith in The Lord Jesus Christ!  John 14:6, John 3:36, Acts 4:12

 

THE PRESENCE OF JOY

After salvation, a daily walk in the presence of the Lord Jesus will bring unending joy and productivity. John 15:1-7, John 12:26, John 16:24

 

THE PLEASURES FOR EVERMORE

After this life we continue to live and have a pleasures beyond human comprehension. 1 John 3:1-3, Revelation 21:1-4

 

Note: I have often used this verse as a text for a funeral message.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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