TLIC Psalms. January 22. My Delight.

Read Psalm 16:1-6. 1Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 2I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” 3As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. 4The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips. 5The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. 6The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

What is your highest good? Your greatest delight? Can you identify it?

For David in Psalm 16 it is the Lord. The Lord doesn’t give him a portion, do good for him, and point him to a refuge. The Lord IS David’s portion, his good, his refuge. This is what it means for God to be God. If God could give us something that satisfies us beyond himself, then that thing would be our god.

Jesus never pointed anyone to something other than himself and the God-head. Jesus didn’t point us to the door. He IS the door. He didn’t teach us how to gain the abundant life. He IS the abundant life. He never offered us an inheritance greater than himself. He IS our beautiful inheritance, our portion, our cup of blessing. Have you experienced Christ in this way? Or are you running after another god with all the multiplied sorrows that come with it?

To live is Christ gives us a whole new values system. The tangible portion that so many of us are chasing in this life is insecure. But the unseen God, whom we love by the love of the Spirit, is our chosen portion. Will you choose him over all else today?

Prayer. Jesus, I choose you as my inheritance. My refuge. My greatest good. My delight. You are my Lord. Amen.


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