I know the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.
My body rests in safety.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead
or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.
You will show me the way of life,
granting me the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with you forever.
—Psalm 16:8-11 (NLT)
Do you know that the Lord is always with you? He never leaves you or forsakes you. Don’t be shaken by the issues that have arisen. Jesus Christ has overcome the world. Be glad that you belong to Him. Praise Him that He loves you until the end of time.
You can rest in His grace. No matter what happens, you are safe in Him. He has not left your soul for dead. On the Cross, Jesus Christ took your sins and then gave His life so you could have His righteousness. God will not allow you, His child, that Christ declared holy, to rot in the grave.
The Lord promises a life with Him forever! “For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better,” Paul wrote (Philippians 1:21, NLT). When you allow Christ to live in you, you have His joy amid political and social turmoil. You have His peace while an unseen threat darkens this world. You live in His grace now and for eternity. God shows you the way of life and gives you the everlasting promise of His presence. You have the pleasure of living with Him forever.
“Lord,” David wrote, “you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance” (Psalm 16:5-6, NLT).
David chose God alone to worship. God was David's blessing—His inheritance. David believed that God guarded His relationship with Him. He saw His heritage in God as beautiful. Jesus Christ has given God to you as your inheritance, and that legacy is kept safe for you. God blesses your life on earth and in heaven. Your life blesses God when you flow in His grace—when His joy and peace anchor your life.
“I will bless the Lord who guides me,” David wrote, “even at night my heart instructs me” (Psalm 16:7, NLT). David chose to bless the Lord, and the Lord spoke to his heart—guiding and teaching Him. Choose to bless the Lord with praise and an attitude of faith. You have an inheritance in Jesus! He has given you the keys to the Kingdom of God. You live by faith in this world—believing and praising God for His promises even though you might not yet see them. You trust in your blessed inheritance on earth and in heaven. Your ultimate reward is what comes next—the pleasures of living with Him forever.
© 2020 Lynn Lacher