“I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalms 16:8 (NKJ)
The Psalms have been described as the “mirror of the soul” for they reflect the emotions experienced by God’s people in both historic situations (the nation of Israel) and personal circumstances. They give us breathtaking insight into the character and work of God as He reveals Himself to the psalmist. Psalm 16 gives us an unguarded view of how faith is lived out under the watchful eye of God.
Psalm 16 is David’s personal testimony of trust in the Lord. The psalm opens with David’s first statement of confidence in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He cries out, “Preserve me, O God for in thee do I put my trust” (v.1). Here David uses the name ‘El to describe the one true God, Jehovah. The historical narratives of the Pentateuch gave witness to David of the mighty works of Jehovah and His love for His special people. David continues this psalm by giving his second confession of confidence in Jehovah God: “O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup” (v. 5). Here David acknowledges his total dependency on the LORD. Regardless of his circumstance, David resolved to trust the Lord with an assurance of provision for today (my cup) and long term success (my inheritance).
It is in verse 8, that David explains the reason for his confession of confidence: “I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” To set in Hebrew means “to equalize by making an adjustment”. David is saying that he will make the necessary adjustments to insure that he is aligned with the LORD. He is confident in the LORD and determined to trust Him. David promises to consistently respond in confidence by always setting the LORD before him.
To be at one’s right hand (yamiyn) acknowledges that person’s strength. David’s confidence was based on God’s strength and not his own. Too often when faced with problems, we look to our ability to resolve the situation. It is only when we “look to the hills from which comes our help” (Psalm 121:1) that we are able to spiritually persevere. David’s confession of confidence in God emanated from a humble dependence and consistent reliance on the Lord. Therefore, he wouldn’t be “shaken” by the events he faced in his life.
When facing challenges in your life, do you consistently respond in confidence to the Lord? Do you run for cover or do you, like David, remain unshaken because you have already determined to trust in the Lord. Your response is an indicator of your faith and trust in Him. The time to decide how you will handle life’s circumstances is before they occur. What or who will you set before you?
Prayer: Father we set You continually before us. We know that in You we have the confidence we need to face the challenges of today and the trials of tomorrow. Forgive us when we place our trust in the things of this world and in ourselves. We confess our love to you and like David confidently align our lives with You. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.