Front and Right

Psalm 16:8-9

 I have set the Lord continually before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will dwell securely.

I find the directions of front and right a little confusing when during a surface reading of verse 8. Yes I know that God is omniscient and all around, but as a limited human, I can only focus on one direction at a time. It seems very contradicting that King David had the Lord before him and state a fact that God is at his right hand.

Keeping the Lord continually before him is a personal choice that King David made. God is all around, but he chose to put God in front, meaning that in all things he only see God and God is his priority.

We all learn a little about God here. God chose to have His presence known to King David on his right. God could have chosen to be in front of David so that it would be easier for David to choose God. To keep Him in sight since we human operates mostly under the principle of “out of sight, out of mind” especially in the hustle and bustle of modern day life. Our God does not force Himself upon us. He gentlemanly waits on the right side. A place He is always close enough but never intrusive. He waits for our invitation for Him to lead when we place Him in front. He is after our hearts, and not just our actions.

Righteous Foundation

Psalm 11 (NASB)

1 In the Lord I take refuge;
How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain;
For, behold, the wicked bend the bow,
They make ready their arrow upon the string
To shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.
If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?”

The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
And the one who loves violence His soul hates.
Upon the wicked He will rain snares;
Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.
For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness;
The upright will behold His face.

Struck me hard as I read the first three verses of this short Psalm. There is a time to flee when temptations come. When the wicked are attacking the righteous, King David rebukes the advise to flee as a bird to the mountain! It is a fatalistic voice that calls for a resignation of the defeat of the righteous. This voice makes the righteous looks to self & the attack of the evil and therefore all is hopeless. There are many times whereby I feel defeated just by looking around and also within myself.

King David puts everything into perspective. God in His holy temple and seated on His heavenly throne. The battle is the Lord’s. God loves righteousness and He will set things right in His time. He sees all that is going on. Love the promise for the righteous at the end – to behold His face. May we press in to the day when we will behold His face!

Using the Foolish to Shame the Wise

Simple Smiley

God sent most of Gideon’s men home
300 men against more than 100,000 men
But they WON the battle! (Judges 7-8)

The giant taunt and cursed by his gods
David ran to the battleline in the name of the Lord of Host
Then FELL Goliath under a stone & a sling (1 Sam 17)

A tightly shut impenetrable fortress city up on a hill
An untrained army circled the city led by the priest with the ark of the Lord
The city COLLAPSED at the shout of joy and the trumpet blast! (Joshua 6)

God likes the odds against him
His ways are higher than our ways
Great is the victory for those who obey & trust in Him!