March 14: A Psalm of Confidence
Numbers 15:1–41; John 20:1–31; Psalm 16:1–11
“You are my Lord,” the psalmist acknowledges. “I have no good apart from you” (Psa 16:2).
We know that God is everything we need, but somehow the details still get in the way. We want to alleviate our troubles through other means—that vacation, the position that will bring recognition, or the spouse who will complete us. The psalmist says that anyone who places their desire in anything other than God will only increase in sorrow (Psa 16:4).
It seems radical and difficult to live out the psalmist’s simple confession. The ancient practice of idol worship is alive and well in our modern-day culture and in our own hearts. (Just look at the magazine rack or TV shows if you think I’m wrong: what is worshiped there?) We are just like the Israelites—unfaithful and prone to “hurry after another god” (Psa 16:4).
For the psalmist, however, “Yahweh is the portion which is my share and my cup” (Psa 16:5). He is all the psalmist ever needs: “I have set Yahweh before me always. Because he is at my right hand I will not be shaken” (Psa 16:8). God brings the psalmist hope, and He can do the same for us. We just need to turn to Him.
Today, pray the words of Psalm 16: “You are my Lord. I have no good apart from you.” How can we remind ourselves that He is all we will ever need?
REBECCA VAN NOORD
- And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of the Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land of your habitations which I give unto you, And will make an offering by fire unto the Lord, a burnt offering or a sacrifice to fulfill a vow, or a free offering, or in your feasts to make a sweet savor unto the Lord, of the herd or of the flock, Then let him that offereth his offering unto the Lord, bring a meat offering of a tenth deal of fine flour, mingled with the fourth part of an Hin of oil. Also thou shalt prepare the fourth part of an Hin of wine to be poured on a lamb appointed for the burnt offering, or any offering. And for a ram thou shalt for a meat offering, prepare two tenth deals of fine flour, mingled with the third part of an Hin of oil. And for a drink offering thou shalt offer the third part of an Hin of wine, for a sweet savor unto the Lord. And when thou preparest a bullock for a burnt offering, or for a sacrifice to fulfill a vow or a peace offering unto the Lord. Then let him offer with the bullock a meat offering of three tenth deals of fine flour, mingled with half an Hin of oil. And thou shalt bring for a dark offering half an Hin of wine, for an offering made by fire of a sweet savor unto the Lord. Thus shall it be done for a bullock, or for a ram, or for a lamb, or for a kid. Accoding to the number that ye prepare to offer, so shall ye do to everyone according to their number. All that are born of the country, shall do these things thus, to offer an offering made by fire of sweet savor unto the Lord. And if a stranger sojourn with you, or whosoever be among you in your generations, and will make an offering by fire of a sweet savor unto the Lord, as ye do, so he shall do. One ordinace shall be both for you of the Congregation, and also for the sranger that dwelleth with you, even an ordinance forever in your generations: as you are, so shall the stranger be before the Lord. One law and one manner shall serve both for you and for the stranger that sojourneth with you. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land, to the which I bring you, And when ye shall eat of the bread of the land, ye shall offer an heave offering unto the Lord. Ye shall offer up a cake of the first of your dough for an heave offering: as the heave offering of the barn, so ye shall lift it up. Of the first of your dough ye shall give unto the Lord an heave offering in your generations. And if ye have erred, and not observed all these commandments, which the Lord hath spoken unto Moses, Even all that the Lord hath commanded you by the hand of Moses, from the first day that the Lord commanded Moses, and hence forward among your generations: And if so be that ought be committed ignorantly of the Congregation, then all the Congregation shall give a bullock for a burnt offering, for a sweet savor unto the Lord, with the meat offering and drink offering thereto, according to the manner, and an he goat for a sin offering. And the Priest shall make an atonement for all the Congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them: for it is ignorance: and they shall bring their offering for an offering made by fire unto the Lord, and their sin offering before the Lord for their ignorance. Then shall be forgiven all the Congregation of the children of Israel, and the stranger that dwelleth among them: for all the people were in ignorance. But if any one person sin through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of a year old for a sin offering. And the Preist shall make an atonement for the ignorant person, when he sinneth by ignorance before the Lord, to make reconciliation for him: and it shall be forgiven him. He that is born among the children of Israel, and the stranger that dwelleth among them, shall have both one law, who so doth sin by ignorance. But the person that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same blasphemeth the Lord: therefore that person shall be cut off from among his people, Because he hath despised the word of the Lord, and hath broken his commandment: that person shall be utterly cut off: his iniquity shall be upon him. And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the Sabbath day. And they that found him gathering sticks, brought him unto Moses and to Aaron, an unto all the Congregation, And they put him ward: for it was not declared what should be done unto him. Then the Lord said unto Moses, This man shall die the death: and let all the multitude stone him with stones without the host. And all the Congregation brought him without the host, and stoned him with stones, and he died, as the Lord had commanded Moses. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes upon the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and put upon the fringes of the borders a ribbon of blue silk. And ye shall have the fringes that when ye look upon them, ye may remember all the commandments of the Lord, and o them: and that ye seek not after your own heart, nor after your own eyes, after the which ye go a whoring; That ye may remember and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I am the Lord your God. Numbers 15:1–41
- Now the first day of the week came Mary Magdalene, early when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and saw the stone taken away from the tomb. Then she ran, and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and the other disciple, and they came unto the sepulcher. So they ran both together, but the other disciple, and they came unto the sepulcher. And he stooped down, and saw the linen clothes lying: yet went he not in. Then came Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulcher, and saw the linen clothes lie, And the kerchief that was upon his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also the other disciple, which came first to the sepulcher, and he saw it, and believed. For as yet they knew not the Scripture, That he must rise again from the dead. And the disciples went away again unto their own home. But Mary stood witout at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she bowed herself into the sepulcher, And saw two Angels in white, sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they said unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She said unto them, They have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. When she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She supposing that he had been the gardener, said unto him, Sir, if thou hast borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and said unto him, Rabbonai, which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not: for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and to your Father, and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her. The same day then at night, which was the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and said to them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he showed unto them his hands, and his side. Then were the disciples glad when they had seen the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father sent me, so send I you. And when he had said that, he breathed on them, and said unto them, Receive the holy Ghost. Whosoever’s sin ye remit, they are remitted unto them: and whosoever’s sins ye retain, they are retained. But Thomas one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord: but he said unto them, Except I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put mine hand into his side, I will not believe it. And eight days after, again his disciples were within, and thomas with them. Then came Jesus, when the doors were shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. After said he to Thomas, Put thy finger here, and see mine hands, and put forth thine hand, and put it into my side, and be not faithless, but faithful. Then Thomas answered, and said unto him, Thou art my Lord, and my God. Jesus said unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou believest: blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed. And many other signs also did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these things are written that ye might believe, that Jesus is that Christ that Son of God, and that in believing ye might have life through his Name. John 20:1–31
- Preserve me, O GOD: for in thee do I trust. O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my well doing extendeth not to thee, But to the Saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent: all my delight is in them. The sorrows of them, that offer to another god, shall be multiplied: their offerings of blood will I not offer, neither make mention of their names with my lips. The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou shalt maintain my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places: yea, I have a fair heritage. I will praise the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also teach me in the nights. I have set the Lord always before me: for he is at my right hand: therefore I shall not slide. Wherefore mine heart is glad, and my tongue rejoiceth: my flesh also doth rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in the grave: neither wilt thou suffer thine holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is the fullness of joy: and as thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:1–11