5 Results of a Christ-Focused Christian

5 Results of a Christ-Focused Christian

Psalm‬ ‭16:8-11‬ ‭

“I have set the LORD always before me: Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: My flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; Neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: In thy presence is fulness of joy; At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

Late one night recently, I was driving home, and I hit the thickest patch of fog or smoke I have ever seen. I couldn’t see anything, and I knew the traffic coming toward me couldn’t either.

I considered stopping and pulling over, but then someone would hit me from behind. As I stared ahead, contemplating what to do, I noticed that I could barely see the white line on the side of the road, and for the next few minutes, I fixed my eyes on that spot and, with a firm grip on the wheel made it through. 

Life can feel the same at times, and it did for David in the Psalm written above. David found himself in the “fog,” wondering what God was doing, but notice what his response was. It’s a response we need to have today when we don’t know what God is up to. 

David decided to “set the LORD always before me.” He determined that even though he couldn’t see or understand all he was facing, he knew where to fix his eyes. So he decided to put God first (before him) and notice the results:

  • “I shall not be moved” – He wouldn’t give up or quit. He had a stability in his life.
  • “My heart is glad” “in thy presence is fullness of joy” – even in the fog and confusion, he had joy. 
  • “My flesh also shall rest in hope” – He had hope and wasn’t living in defeat.
  • “Thou wilt shew me the path of life” – He had God’s guidance in the fog.
  • “Pleasures for evermore” – Instead of frustration, he found unexpected pleasures. 

What is the focus of your life? The person that hurt you? The trial you face? The potential problem that hasn’t even happened? If so, you won’t find the peace and joy that David found. We, as Christians, need to set our focus back on Christ!

Let’s Go Deeper in this Psalm

This week on the podcast, I dove deeper into this Psalm. If you want to study more on a Christ-focused life, you can find the podcast on Apple iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.