Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.”
As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight.
The 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.
The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the LORD always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
David had great confidence in the Lord. “I have no good apart from you” is such a humble acknowledgement that makes me pause to wonder, Is Christ really my refuge and all that I seek? Having come from a Sunday saturated with sermons warning against idolatry, the concern that my soul could be seeking satisfaction elsewhere, or treasuring other things more than Christ, makes me envy the confidence and trust with which David says that he has no good apart from God. Really, is Christ the refuge of my soul? The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply. In trying to find refuge and satisfaction in idols, they meet with many sorrows.
The Lord is the portion of all who find refuge in Him. Our lot and inheritance are secure in Him. He is the end in Himself and not a means to an end. Christ is God’s blessing to us. Indeed, in Him dwells all the fullness of deity and to have Him is to have life eternal. (Colossians 2:9) There is no pursuit more worth than the pursuit of Christ and His holiness. There is no treasure more rewarding and satisfying than Christ. He is the inheritance of all who put their trust in His name. The boundary lines have indeed fallen on pleasant places!
What more delight, than to have God give us counsel! Even in the night He instructs our hearts. God’s presence is there to give moral instruction, keeping us from sinning against Him. It is a joy to know that the Lord who requires us to trust Him doesn’t leave it at that, He also enables us to trust in Him by instructing our hearts in His ways. It is humbling to know that Christ will reward us for what He enabled us to do – that which we could never have done were it left upon us!
Our security rests upon the Lord and His justice in offering us forgiveness through Christ our Lord. Elsewhere the psalmist cries out in distress, saying, “there is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin.” (Psalm 38:3) Sin separates us from God. Separation from God sends us into despair and distress. But the knowledge and assurance of Christ’s forgiveness and the reconciliation He has achieved for us brings gladness and peace, and it is no wonder the Psalmist says, “Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.” Paul confirms this in Romans 5:1 – Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Oh sinner, come to this fountain of forgiveness!
Will Christ cast away any soul that has put their trust in Him? By no means! Indeed, He will neither abandon their soul to Sheol nor let His Holy ones see corruption. He will preserve His saints to the end. Neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8: 38-39) He will hold us fast to Himself. Like Paul says, He will bring the good work He began in us to completion. (Philippians 1:6) He is a Faithful God!
What more, than to glory in God who makes to us known the path of life? The Mathew Henry Concise Commentary states, “In this world sorrow is our lot, but in heaven there is joy, a fullness of joy; our pleasures here are for a moment, but those at God’s right hand are pleasures for evermore. Through this thy beloved Son, and our dear Savior, thou wilt show us, O Lord, the path of life; thou wilt justify our souls now, and raise our bodies by thy power at the last day; when earthly sorrow shall end in heavenly joy, pain in everlasting happiness.” Amen.