The Influential

Hear me, Lord, my plea is just;
    listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer—
    it does not rise from deceitful lips.
Let my vindication come from you;
    may your eyes see what is right. Psalm 17:1-2

A number of years ago actress Patricia Heaton was being interviewed about her faith and her pro-life stance. When questioned about her being ostracized in Hollywood because of her beliefs, here was her response: “On a personal level, as a Christian, it will not be Barbra Streisand I’m standing in front of when I have to make an accounting of my life.”

King David understood that well. He knew that his foes would not have the final word even if they had taken his life. He knew that in the end, God was the righteous judge. He knew that God would ultimately see what was right and judge accordingly.

It’s something to keep in mind because I’m afraid that too often we’re concerned about what the  influential people in our lives would think if we did such and such. In the important matters it’s God’s approval that matters. No one else’s opinion comes close.

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Another Prophecy Fullfilled

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:9-11

Hidden within these rich verses on security and life is a prophecy fulfilled by Jesus: nor will you let your faithful one see decay.

Acts 2:31-32 is the fulfillment of that verse:

Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.

After all these years the Bible should still amaze us. The Old Testament foretold of more than 350 prophecies that would Jesus would fulfilled. The verse above is one such verse.

Take a moment to marvel at the Word of God, the Bible. Yes, it’s a book that is banned in the public arena and in schools, but we should never abandoned it.

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In My Dreams

I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:7-8

What are your dreams like? Dreams are a very strange thing, aren’t they? Often the subject of dreams can be linked back to something minor said or done earlier in the day or even a few days before. It’s how the subconscious seems to process what’s going on inside.

If we fill our mind with the worries and cares of the world, they’ll become prominent in our dreams. If we’re filling our minds with godly things such as Scripture verses and songs, then they too will come out in the dreams.

We cannot control what comes out in a dream but we can control some of what we put into our heads. Life accounts for the part we can’t control.

But through it all, God will instruct and counsel us as we lay in bed awake or asleep.

The key to this, of course, is found in the first part of verse eight: I keep my eyes always on the Lord.

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Our Portion and Inheritance

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    surely I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:5-8

It’s a truly awesome thing to consider that God has given us an inheritance. Even King David – a very wealthy man – recognized that having an inheritance from Almighty God was an incredible gift. He called that inheritance delightful. This “portion” or inheritance transcends anything the world could give us – and David clearly understood that.

How different would our lives change if we understood just exactly what our inheritance meant?

  • What would we do differently?
  • Would our prayers and witness be bolder?
  • Would our everyday speech be gentler and more gracious?

I know our lives would change if we fully understood our inheritance, but it’s up to each of us to consider how that truth would impact us.

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Shudder to Think

Keep me safe, my God,
    for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    apart from you I have no good thing.”
I say of the holy people who are in the land,
    “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
    I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
    or take up their names on my lips.  Psalm 16:1-4

It’s totally refreshing to read the words of a king who knows who he is before the Lord and is unashamed to admit it. There are scant few leaders in the world today who are so bold, which means our job to pray for these leaders is obvious.

They need to have the wisdom of David in matters of State, and we need to pray to that end. It’s pretty simple really.

And though it seems at times that there is total chaos in the world, consider this: what would it be like if Christians were removed from the scene, and nobody was praying for the leaders at the top? It’s one of the many reasons Christ put us here.

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