I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Psalm 16:8, ESV
Take a deep breath, dear friend. Now e-x-h-a-l-e, and release your bottled-up tension, first from your neck, then in your shoulders, and all the way to your toes.
As you pause to read this blog post, remember that God has you covered. He loves you, and you are not alone. Whatever dilemma, difficulty, or discouragement you are facing is an opportunity for God’s faithfulness to be revealed to you. He has not guided you to this point to just drop you. Rather, He desires to teach you to depend on Him all the more.
I got to thinking about this the other day when I went on a nature walk with my six-week-old grandson. Though my grandson was sound asleep in his stroller, the walk we shared taught me much that afternoon.
After several weeks of feeling squeezed in by life’s circumstances, God gave me the gift of breaking away from my daily routine to be refreshed outdoors by the beauty of His creation. As I pushed the stroller down the rocky country road, I was surprised at how my grandson didn’t even stir. His stroller was shaking, but he wasn’t. He was completely relaxed and settled, because he fully trusted the one who pushed his stroller and kept him safe.
How much more, I thought, should I be settled and relaxed, knowing that the Lord is with me and goes before me as I travel down my own “rocky road” circumstances. Fully trusting Him, I should be able to breathe easy and rest in knowing that God is in complete control and has me covered. But I must admit that this isn’t always the case.
When I am not at rest, I need to be reminded of God’s promises. When life squeezes in, I need to still my soul with His truth.
In these times the psalmist David gives me great encouragement. David, who had experienced his fill of rocky life circumstances, said in Psalm 16:8, “I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
What comfort these words bring, especially as we encounter the squeezing that comes from our own day-to-day struggles.
By saying that he would “not be shaken,” David proclaimed the strong sense of security that he continually experienced through God’s presence. This strong sense of security can be ours as we invite the Lord into our situations and seek His presence through our difficulties.
Interestingly, Psalm 16 is called “a miktam of David.” The Hebrew word miktam comes from a term that means “to cover.” Throughout this psalm David both proclaimed and praised God for His covering upon him—a covering that kept him safe, secure, and not shaken when life happened.
Though God does not exempt us from the day-to-day “rocky road” circumstances of life, He gives us His presence to provide us with confidence that no matter what happens—trouble, pain, heartache, or failure—He is able to redeem it! This brings us hope—hope for today, for tomorrow, and for a brighter future!
Though my grandson never woke up during our rocky country-road walk on that sunny summer afternoon, my heart was awakened to a greater understanding of God’s presence and love that cover me and will never let me go—or you either!
May you rest in God’s love today and allow it to still your soul with a confidence that you are secure in Him who has you fully covered. Because He is at your right hand, you will not be shaken.
Dear precious heavenly Father, thank You for Your presence that is always with us. Help us to fully trust You, no matter what we are going through, and to rest in the security and confidence that You offer each and every day, in Jesus’ name. Amen.