Many doubt that it is possible to have personal peace in the uncertain environment of today’s world. King David assures we can:
PSALM 16:7-9 (emphasis added)
I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel;
My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.
Although David enjoyed innumerable blessings, all were superfluous compared to a right relationship with God. Regardless of the challenges he faced, David recognized the importance of seeking the Lord’s counsel. As he wrote this psalm, David’s life was focused on the Word of God.
The godly principles he internalized not only provided guidance during waking hours, but also came to mind and actually instructed him between sleep cycles when he awakened at night (v.7).
David experienced peace in spite of his circumstances because he chose to consistently focus his mind on the Lord. This was more than an intellectual pursuit; it was a practical necessity.
Despite the intensity of the challenge, the severity of the attack or the difficulty of the situation, David’s confidence came from the knowledge that the Lord was at his “right hand” (16: 8). The expression, “at my right hand” conveys closeness and availability to help.
David knew God was not aloof or disinterested during times of difficulty, but readily available to act on his behalf. At all times and especially during times of trial, David was assured of the Lord’s close presence with him.
Convinced of God’s presence, David did not permit of the realities of life to shake him or his faith. His heart (spirit) was characterized by gladness, his glory (soul) consistently rejoiced and his flesh (body) rested in hope.
Because David determined to place his faith in God, the entirety of his being— spirit, soul and body—experienced unshakable peace.
David’s testimony reminds us that personal peace is not dictated by our circumstances, but by our choices. Consequently, people of faith—those who choose to trust God—will not be shaken by what is happening around them or personally to them.
Let the wise words of King David encourage you today. When you intentionally choose to trust God with every situation, the peace that Israel’s ancient king so poetically described can be your experience.
Remember, God is at your right hand readily available; when you trust Him, your faith cannot be shaken.
1) Bible opened to Isaiah. By, Ken Horn, [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) King David (circa. 1865), By Frederic Leighton (1830–1896) [PD-US, PD-Art], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios, as in Psalm 16:7 penned by King David: I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; my heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.