The Lord the Psalmist’s Portion in Life and Deliverer in Death
Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.
2 I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You.”
O how I needed to learn this One Thing so desperately, at a time in my life when the Walls of confinement were closing in around me. I Have No Good Besides You, Lord. Life can be just plain hard to live sometimes, can’t It?” That has been my experience anyway. Life, circumstances, relationships; they hem us in and we become so aware of The Walls around us. But God gave me this Psalm to meditate on and contemplate during this desperate time of confinement.
5 The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You support my lot.
6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.
In the KJV, it says “the Boundary Lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.” God revealed the strategy I needed in order to, not just survive, but thrive in the confinement in which I found myself. He said to me, “Carole, come away from the walls. Stop trying to find a door or window out of this place that I have allowed you to be in. Come away from the Walls, come to Center of the room. I Jesus, am waiting for you here, in the Center of Your Confinement. Forget the Walls that Hem you in and spend your time here, with Me, in the Inner Sanctuary of My Presence. I Will remove the Walls in due time. For now, these Walls are my Instruments to drive you towards Me. Come to Me.”
7 I will bless the Lord who has counseled me;
Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.
8 I have set the Lord continually before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
So away from the Walls I moved, I chose not to focus on the confinement. I fixed My eyes on Jesus instead.
I find myself in need of this Counsel again, right now. There is a lull in my life at present. Not much going on and I feel confined again, by the Inactivity. But I hear God’s Voice, once again, calling me away from the Walls that Hem me in, and deeper in towards the Center, that Inner Sanctuary of His Presence. I find He is here to Meet with Me. He is all I need, all I really want.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will dwell securely…
So if you are feeling hemmed in on all sides, like the Walls are closing in. Come away from the Walls and meet with God in the Inner Sanctuary of His Presence. He will speak to you, meet with you, love and encourage you. Soon you will realize that you are no longer aware of any walls, just caught up in the Joy of His Presence.
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.