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I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Psalm 16:8 (ESV)
Have you ever been all shook up? Me too. Life often turns hard and gives us plenty of reasons to be shaken. The loss of a job, a loved one passes away, a wayward child, a troubling medical diagnosis, or an injury inflicted upon our soul. It leaves us shaking in our boots or whatever our choice of footwear.
Yet, in twenty short words, this Scripture shows us how to overcome in the shaken-up department. And the verse offers a two-fold plan to keep us stable and grounded.
In Psalm 16:2, David already made a powerful statement about the Lord. “I have no good apart from you.”
Still further, the book of Hebrews assures us we have received “a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.”
(Hebrews 12:28, ESV)
So, what’s our two-step plan from Psalm 16 to guard against being all shook up?
First, we always set the Lord before us. Always. Not sometimes. Not when we feel like it. And not if we have time. Always. We come into His presence daily and often to offer the “acceptable worship” that Hebrews speaks of.
God is set before us and not the world. Our focus is on Him. And don’t miss this. Circumstances never squeeze out God’s ever-present awe and wonder in our hearts and lives. But the choice is ours whether He is before us or on the sidelines of our life.
Second, we make sure the Lord stays at our right hand. It’s the “because” factor we find in our focal verse. It reminds me of the vast Scriptures speaking of God’s right hand as mighty and righteous and saving.
Just like the adage, “He was my right hand man,” tells of someone who gives the most help. David makes it clear. God. Is. His. Right. Hand. God. The Lord gives us the most help.
Because the Lord is at our right hand, we will not be shaken.
Set the Lord before me.
He is at my right hand.
Heavenly Father, give me the strength and desire to always set You before me in life. To offer You reverence and awe in acceptable worship. I need the help that comes from keeping You at my right hand. Because only then will I not be shaken. In the name of Jesus. Amen.