Psalm 16:8 - How To Keep Jesus At Your Right Hand.

Psalm 16:8 - How To Keep Jesus At Your Right Hand.

Psalm 16:8 (TNIV) I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at 
my right hand, I will not be shaken. 

Psalm 16:8 (NRSV)  I keep the LORD always before me; because he 
is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 

The psalmist so deeply depends on the Lord for strength and joy 
that he senses that God is right beside him. [NLT SB] 

In David's eyes, God was no mere abstraction, but a Person 
actually at his side. Enoch walked with God. Moses kept a vision of God 
before him. We need a consciousness of the constant presence of God. 
Not only will a sense of God's presence be a deterrent to sinning, 
but it will gladden the heart, brighten the life, and give meaning 
to circumstances. [SDA Bible Commentary] 

It is human nature to make our own plans and then ask God to 
bless them. Instead, we should seek God's will first. By constantly 
thinking about the Lord and his way of living, we will gain insights that 
will help us make right decisions and live the way God desires. 
Communicating with God allows him to counsel us and give us wisdom. [Life 
Application SB] 

Each of us too can experience God's guidance. When we "set the 
Lord always before" us, keeping our eyes on Him, always following 
where He leads, we will "not be shaken." [The 365-Day Devotional 

  What does it mean to set the Lord always before you? It means 
that you choose to relate everything you encounter to your trust in 
God. What you choose to focus on becomes the dominant influence in 
your life. You may be a Christian, but if your focus is always on 
your problems, your problems will determine the direction of your 
life. If your focus is on people, then people will determine what you 
think and do. In biblical times, the right hand was the most 
distinguished position, reserved for one's chief adviser and supporter. When 
you choose to focus on Christ, you invite Him to take the most 
important position in your life as Counselor and Defender.  
  Every time you face a new experience, you should turn to 
Christ for His interpretation and strength. When people insult you and 
mistreat you, you should seek direction from your Counselor regarding the 
right response. When you face a crisis, you should receive strength 
from the One at your right hand. When you experience need, you should 
consult your Counselor before you react. When you face a fearful 
situation, you should take courage from the Advocate at your right hand. 
Everything you do is in the context of your relationship to Christ.  
  What an incredible act of God's grace that Christ should stand 
beside you to guide you and counsel you and defend you! How could you 
ever become dismayed over your situation with Christ at your right 
hand? What confidence this should give you! [Experiencing God Day by 
Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby re Psa. 16:8] 

  Many have an idea that they must do some part of the work 
alone. They have trusted in Christ for the forgiveness of sin, but now 
they seek by their own efforts to live aright. But every such effort 
must fail. Jesus says, "Without Me ye can do nothing." Our growth in 
grace, our joy, our usefulness,--all depend upon our union with Christ. 
It is by communion with Him, daily, hourly,--by abiding in Him, 
--that we are to grow in grace. He is not only the Author, but the 
Finisher of our faith. It is Christ first and last and always. He is to 
be with us, not only at the beginning and the end of our course, 
but at every step of the way. David says, "I have set the Lord 
always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be 
moved." Psalm 16:8.  {SC 69.1}  
  Do you ask, "How am I to abide in Christ?" In the same way as 
you received Him at first. "As ye have therefore received Christ 
Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him." "The just shall live by faith." 
Colossians 2:6; Hebrews 10:38. You gave yourself to God, to be His wholly, 
to serve and obey Him, and you took Christ as your Saviour. You 
could not yourself atone for your sins or change your heart; but 
having given yourself to God, you believe that He for Christ's sake did 
all this for you. By faith you became Christ's, and by faith you are 
to grow up in Him--by giving and taking. You are to give all,--your 
heart, your will, your service,--give yourself to Him to obey all His 
requirements; and you must take all,--Christ, the fullness of all blessing, to 
abide in your heart, to be your strength, your righteousness, your 
everlasting helper,--to give you power to obey.  {SC 69.2}   
  Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very 
first work. Let your prayer be, "Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I 
lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide 
with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee." This is a daily 
matter. Each morning consecrate yourself to God for that day. Surrender 
all your plans to Him, to be carried out or given up as His 
providence shall indicate. Thus day by day you may be giving your life into 
the hands of God, and thus your life will be molded more and more 
after the life of Christ.  {SC 70.1}   
  A life in Christ is a life of restfulness. There may be no 
ecstasy of feeling, but there should be an abiding, peaceful trust. Your 
hope is not in yourself; it is in Christ. Your weakness is united to 
His strength, your ignorance to His wisdom, your frailty to His 
enduring might. So you are not to look to yourself, not to let the mind 
dwell upon self, but look to Christ. Let the mind dwell upon His love, 
upon the beauty, the perfection, of His character. Christ in His 
self-denial, Christ in His humiliation, Christ in His purity and holiness, 
Christ in His matchless love --this is the subject for the soul's 
contemplation. It is by loving Him, copying Him, depending wholly upon Him, 
that you are to be transformed into His likeness.  {SC 70.2}   
  Jesus says, "Abide in Me." These words convey the idea of 
rest, stability, confidence. Again He invites,"Come unto Me, . . . and 
I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28. The words of the psalmist 
express the same thought: "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for 
Him." And Isaiah gives the assurance, "In quietness and in confidence 
shall be your strength." Psalm 37:7; Isaiah 30:15. This rest is not 
found in inactivity; for in the Saviour's invitation the promise of 
rest is united with the call to labor: "Take My yoke upon you: . . . 
and ye shall find rest." Matthew 11:29. The heart that rests most 
fully upon Christ will be most earnest and active in labor for Him.  
{SC 71.1}  
  When the mind dwells upon self, it is turned away from Christ, 
the source of strength and life. Hence it is Satan's constant effort 
to keep the attention diverted from the Saviour and thus prevent 
the union and communion of the soul with Christ. The pleasures of 
the world, life's cares and perplexities and sorrows, the faults of 
others, or your own faults and imperfections--to any or all of these he 
will seek to divert the mind. Do not be misled by his devices. Many 
who are really conscientious, and who desire to live for God, he too 
often leads to dwell upon their own faults and weaknesses, and thus by 
separating them from Christ he hopes to gain the victory. We should not 
make self the center and indulge anxiety and fear as to whether we 
shall be saved. All this turns the soul away from the Source of our 
strength. Commit the keeping of your soul to God, and trust in Him. Talk 
and think of Jesus. Let self be lost in Him. Put away all doubt; 
dismiss your fears. Say with the apostle Paul, "I live; yet not I, but 
Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live 
by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for 
me." Galatians 2:20. Rest in God. He is able to keep that which you 
have committed to Him. If you will leave yourself in His hands, He 
will bring you off more than conqueror through Him that has loved 
you.  {SC 71.2}