Do you remember your first cup of coffee? I sure do. I had graduated from college – that’s right, I made it through college without drinking coffee. Gasp! I was teaching at a Christian Academy in Philadelphia and my friend, Lucy, decided it was time for me to begin drinking coffee. I smile as I recall her “fixing” my first cup of coffee. The cup had very little coffee with plenty of cream and lots of sugar. Perfect!
Since those early days, my cup is now filled to the brim with coffee and the cream and sugar have gone away. I have grown to enjoy and savor that first cup of coffee in the morning – my Bible, my cup, and my personal time with the Lord.
“Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to You for refuge.” ~Psalm 16:1 (NLT)
Where do we run when we face difficult times? In the first few verses of Psalm 16, David provides the example. He asks God to watch over him and expresses his desire to find refuge in the Lord. The life of King David was filled with difficult situations, intricate relationships, and exhausting trials. He penned numerous psalms and cried out to God many times for help, protection, and justice. He expresses his full confidence in God in the midst of life’s struggles.
“As Luther taught, suffering is unbearable if you aren’t certain that God is for you and with you.” (Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller, p. 58.)
“Lord, You alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine.” ~Psalm 16:5 (NLT)
David professes his dependence on God alone and uses a meaningful metaphor – David’s inheritance is his cup of blessing. This cup of blessing sustains, brings comfort, and gives refreshment to his soul. The passion of David’s heart was to draw nearer to the Lord and he found great delight in this personal relationship with his Almighty God. He found all of this in the Lord – “You alone are my inheritance.”
In the second half of this Psalm, David cites additional blessings of his personal relationship with the Lord. These include:
- “The Lord guides me” – Psalm 16:7
- “The Lord is always with me” – Psalm 16:8
- “I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.” – Psalm 16:8
- “My heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety.” – Psalm 16:9
- “The joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever.” – Psalm 16:11
What difficult circumstance do you find yourself in today? Perhaps you are struggling with relationships, health issues, or financial burdens. Let me encourage you to pick up that cup and remember some of the Lord’s blessings in your life. He is your refuge and He guides you. The Lord is always with you. He is right beside you. You will spend eternity with Him, so rejoice and let your heart be glad.