Psalms 16:8 The sense of God’s presence inspires a feeling of safety. Not in the moment of peril only, but at all times has he his eye fixed upon God “ For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.” (Ac.27:23,24).
God in David’s eyes is no concept, but a Person, real, living, and walking at his side, and able to protect him from danger “Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” (Dan.3:25).
Have we such a sense of companionship with God? I shall not be moved, neither in character, nor in purpose, nor in work “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” (Ps.55:22).
The destiny of the good is divinely ordered life. Life is not fixed by chance, or by blind fate, or by man’s own designing and devising “Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.” (Ps.66:9).
It is of God’s ordering “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.” (Prov.19:21). As it is with the stars above, so it is with souls beneath. They stand as God ordains.
But trusting in God, we cheerfully accept the place which he has appointed for us. And when we are free to choose, we seek counsel of God, and gladly and gratefully rest in his will (Hebrews 13:5). “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
It was Saul who ask this question in Acts 9:6) “And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.”
Our supreme choice is to make the journey of life full of life. Whether as a stage on which work has to be done, or on which good has to be acquired, or as a journey to reach our destiny. “In him was life; and the life was the light of men. “ (Jh.1:4). Christ is our leader and he will see that we reach our goal.
By this light we can clearly see the nature of the work that must be done; the kind of good that must be sought; and the glorious destiny awaiting us “In my Father’s house are many mansions: I go to prepare a place for you I go to prepare a place for you And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am,there ye may be also.” (Jh.14:3,4).
But let a man make himself or the world the light by which he walks, the guide he follows, then his work, his well-being, and the future all become dark “And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.” (Isa.8:22).
Some dark moments there will be, when God’s way is through the clouds or through the great deep.
Our supreme choice will make us truly strong. “I shall not be moved.”
We may know duty, self-interest, and the way to honor, and yet be too weak to follow them. Weakness of purpose and will is our misery and guilt. It is not merely our misfortune, but our sin.
There is a need strength. “Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” The only way to become strong is by “looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; “ (Heb.12:2)
All other stimulants soon spend their strength and leave us prostrate. But setting God always before us will endow us with all strength to resist all temptations, and all fortitude to endure “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”(Ja.1:12).
Our supreme choice will make our aim of life really Great. Our lives are often woeful and brief “ For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. (Ja.4:14).
We go about filled with little vanities an ambitions, aiming at little ends, and content with little results.
Often under the guise of humility our larger aims are mostly of the depraved or secular sort, wealth; and social position. But to “have God always before us” is the real lasting greatness. This is the only true ideal of life.
Our supreme choice will make the way of life secure.“Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”
Not moved with anxiety “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Lk.12:32).
Not moved from our theological virtue. “ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. ” (Gal.5:22,23).
Not moved from our ethical motive “ Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” (Mt.5;8) Blessed are the pure in heart. That is, whose minds, motives, and principles are pure. Who seek not only to have the external actions correct, but who desire to be holy in heart.
Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looketh on the heart (I. Sam.16:11).