Because the Lord is our portion, we can be
joyful in Hispresence. Indeed He commands us elsewhere in Scripture: “Rejoicein the Lord always, again I say rejoice” (Phil. 4).
This is not asuperficial happiness or a joy that’s often promised today w/out real struggle andsorrow- But it’s a deep, abiding joy, nonetheless.
However, without help andmotivation from the Lord, we are utterly powerless to sustain such joy. Fortunately, hedoes not leave us without help---He gives us guidance by His Spirit from our passage,Psalm 16, this very morning! So we ask…
How may we experience such a deep and abiding joy? pause (in at least 3 ways):One’s a negative, something we must stop doing and 2 are positive, things we oughtto continue doing: so, we can access this joy by God’s grace -By forsaking the idols of the heart, By having eyes to see “the riches of his gloriousinheritance in the saints” and By Practicing his presence continually.
:1. By forsaking the idols of the heart“Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” (1 John 5:21)
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David says to the Lord after asking for safety and coming to him as a refuge in v. 2: “Youare my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”
a.knowing God as the Lord v. 2
We see her the importance of our words- “I said to the Lord, “you are my Lord; apartfrom you I have no good thing.”
b.understanding the sorrows of the wicked for what they are v. 4
We also see the folly of idolatry. Verse 4 says “the sorrows of those will increase whorun after other gods…” We certainly clearly can see it in a culture that has largelyforsaken God but it is also a problem in the church, in the hearts of individual believers:(in my heart, in your hearts!) Idolatry as a continuing problem today though it takes ondifferent, often more subtle forms- Tim Keller says in a study on “Identifying the Idolsof the Heart”:
An idol is something within creation that is inflated to function as asubstitute for God.All sorts of things are potential idols… An idol can be a physical object, aproperty, aperson, an activity, a role, an institution, a hope, an image, an idea, apleasure, a hero. If this is so, how do we determine when something is an idol?1) As soon as our loyalty to anything leads us to disobey God, we are indanger of making it an idol…– Work, a commandment of God can become an idol if it is pursued soexclusivelythat responsibilities to one’s family are ignored.– Family, an institution of God himself, can become an idol if one is sopreoccupiedwith the family that no one outside one’s own family is cared for.– Being well-liked, a perfect legitimate hope, becomes an idol if the