12 Years Later, I Still Remember What This Psalm Teaches…

I was in my early twenties and in the middle of a huge crisis. My plans had shattered and I had no clue what would come next. One morning I was lying in bed, trying to convince myself that it would be worth the effort to get up, I decided to open my Bible and read the book of Psalms.

For the first time in my life, I wanted to know God like the psalmist did. I wanted to yearn for the Lord and cry out to Him in the midst of my heart ache. So, I started working through the Psalms one by one. In order to help me not just “read and forget” what I was reading, I used the Inductive Study Method to help me retain what I was reading. I began going through each Psalm marking God. Once I fished marking, I would list what I learned about Him in the margin of my Bible.  Some days it honestly was just an exercise; it felt like a chore or other routine. Other mornings it was as if the words on the page were written just for me in the midst of my pain and loss.

The morning I came to Psalm 16 the Lord struck my heart. I clung to its truth like my life depended on it! I printed portions of it out and put it in a frame on the bathroom counter. Even though I didn’t feel these words at the time, I knew they were true…so in faith, I believed them. I prayed them. In moments of fear and doubt I would remember what the Word of God said and pray to the Lord asking Him to help me believe them. And you know what? He answered my cries for help Most of my circumstance didn’t change. I didn’t get all the answers to all the things I was asking the Lord for in that time. I had to move on from the dreams that I had for my life and trust Him to lead me toward His desires for me.

About twelve years later, I’m driving in my car listening to the Psalms and Psalm 16 comes up and I listen. I’m able to trace the hand of God in my life as I walked in these truths. I can see the fruit of trusting the Lord in the midst of uncertainty.  I can look back on my life and see how these words are TRUE…not just because God said it…but because I lived and breathed it.

I had no idea how much that morning twelve years ago would change me. I’m thankful that I took the time to slow down and meditate on these words. They not only carried me through a hard time years ago…but when I heard them again this week they strengthened my faith and led me to worship a God who sees, who hears our cries, and who knows the desires of our heart and leads us on in His ways!

Do you need to hear from the Lord today? Take a minute and read through Psalm 16 below. As you read, write down the things you learn about the Lord. You don’t have to get fancy…just write down exactly what the verses say. Spend some time in worship before Him thanking Him for His character I understand that it’s hard sometimes for us to believe that this is true – so ask Him to help you in your unbelief. Then look to Him in faith knowing that His Word is true even if you don’t feel it right now. Let Him work in and through you and give Him your dreams, plans, heartache, confusion, concern, and uncertainty! Let Him lead you in the fullness of joy!

 

 

Psalm 16

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

A Mikhtam of David.

16 Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.
I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You.”
As for the saints who are in the earth,
They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.
The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied;
I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood,
Nor will I take their names upon my lips.

The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You support my lot.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.

I will bless the Lord who has counseled me;
Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.
I have set the Lord continually before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will dwell securely.
10 For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
11 You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

 

 

 

Brooke Ritterbush
Director of Transform Student Ministries

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