Plea for Grace

Is God Enough?

Posted on: April 15, 2008

Psalm 16:1 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.”

Do I take refuge in God when I’m scared? worried? frustrated? angry? insecure?  God is my Lord, He is my Sovereign, He is my King.  Do I remember that He is responsible for everything that I have?  Do I remember that He is good to me?

As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight. 

Do I delight in God’s people?

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.

Am I envious of the ungodly?  Do I wish I had it “easy,” like them?  Do I pray for their salvation? Do I care?

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.

Am I grateful for God’s provision?  Do I accept His provision?  Am I satisfied with His provision?

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me. 

Do I ask God for counsel (not beg for ‘stuff’)?  Do I spend time with Him, so that He can instruct me?  Am I willing to consider a delay in falling asleep an opportunity to listen to what God may be saying to me?

I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Am I willing to follow God’s lead, or do I insist on running my own way, and then begging Him to follow up after me and pick up the mess I’ve made?  Do I believe that God is at my right hand?  Do I live like I know that I won’t be shaken because God is for me?  God is for me!!

Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption. 

God will not abandon me. . .oh, that makes my heart glad. . .my whole being wants to sing for joy.  I will never be alone.  I don’t go through any sorrow, any suffering, any pain. . .alone. . .never alone.

11 You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Fullness of joy. . .a path that leads to life — even if there are boulders or giants or dangers — a path that leads to life.  An eternity in nearness to God.  He is my pleasure; He is my life; He is my desire. . .

God is enough.

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