Daily Devotional: Day 44
“I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8, KJV).
Today’s Bible verse is taken from Psalm 16, which contains prophecies about the Messiah and his resurrection. On the day of Pentecost, Peter quoted form this Psalm to confirm its fulfillment in the resurrection of Christ (Acts 2:24-28). The Bible says that Jesus always set the LORD – his Father- before him. This means he kept his focus on the Father and never took his eyes off him. Jesus always saw his Father by his side, and because of this, he was not moved. He knew that his death wouldn’t be his end. He knew that his enemies wouldn’t have the final say. Keeping his eyes on his Father gave him strength to carry out his mission to die for our sins and be raised from the dead. Jesus faced many troubles in his life: rejection, death threats, slander, betrayal, misunderstanding, and persecution. Yet, he was not moved. He confronted Satan, death and hell, and rose from the dead victorious. His secret, the Bible tells us, was that that he never took his eyes off his Father. This is what Psalm 16 celebrates, and it’s what Peter brought to the attention of the crowd that listened to him on the day of Pentecost.
Your faith is only as strong as your focus on your Father in heaven. This sounds simple, and it is; but setting the Lord always before you doesn’t come automatically. You must be intentional about it. A lot of things in life fight for your attention, but you must decide what you set before you. Whatever matters to you the most, that’s what you’ll set before you. And whatever you set before you, will make your faith stronger or weaker. Yes, troubles, persecutions and afflictions may come your way. We don’t live in a perfect world, so don’t expect to get your way all the time. What matters is how you deal with hardship.
As a Christian, the key to maintaining your peace and confidence is to set the LORD always before. God didn’t promise that you’ll never suffer, but he did promise that he’ll neither leave you nor abandon you (Read Hebrews 13:5-6). So long as the Father is at your right hand, you shall overcome. Setting God before you isn’t burdensome. In fact, it’s liberating; it’s the essence of lasting peace and joyful confidence. When you fall in love with your Father in heaven, it’ll become natural for you to always have him in your mind and on your heart. Don’t make the mistake of setting your fears and problems before you. Learn from Jesus. Lock eyes with your Father in heaven, and you shall be unmoved.
Daddy, you stood by Jesus and gave him strength to accomplish his mission. Grant me the revelation to know that you’re always with me. No matter what I go through, I shall not be moved because you’re my Rock and my salvation. I thank you for hearing me. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
For further study: Psalm 46:1-11