Our thoughts are so important. I am convinced that what we think about determines what we say and do. One of our responsibilities as a follower of Christ is to think rightly. This is not a natural phenomenon for us. Before we come to Christ, we think worldly, wicked, selfish, trivial thoughts. It doesn’t mean we never think about anything good or righteous, but the majority of our thoughts are not what God would have us dwell on.
If we have the Holy Spirit living in us, we can be more successful in redirecting our thoughts. As I was reading through Psalm 16 the other day, I realized it contains a lot of right thinking. It was written by David during a time of great trouble. Yet, it is a Psalm of great hope and encouragement.
Here are some of the truths I see in Psalm 16:
1. We must place our security in God. So often we turn to other people or things to keep us safe. We misplace our security. In times of trouble, only he can save us. Ultimately, we are saved from death and made alive in Christ. Here are the statements David made to show he was secure in God.
“Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge.” (Psalm 16:1 NLT)
“I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.” (Psalm 16:8 NLT)
“No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.” (Psalm 16:9,10 NLT)
2. God is the only source of real satisfaction. We let people, circumstances and things compete with God in satisfying us. However, all of them leave us empty. They may quench our thirst briefly, but it doesn’t last. People aren’t perfect and they disappoint us. Circumstances don’t cooperate with our desires all the times. And things grow old and lose their appeal. David understood that only God satiated his soul’s longings.
“LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.” (Psalm 16:5 NLT)
“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” (Psalm 16:11 NLT)
3. Grateful hearts praise God. Take an inventory of your life. Has God given you any good things? He is the provider of all that is good because he is good. Did you have a good time last weekend? God gave you that. Do you have people in your life that you love and love you? God gave them to you. Do you have a roof over your head? God provided that too. Be grateful and praise the source of all that is good in your life. David was enduring great trials at the time, yet he chose to focus on the good.
“I said to the LORD, “You are my Master! Every good thing I have comes from you.” (Psalm 16:2 NLT)
“The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance!” (Psalm 16:6 NLT)
“I will bless the LORD who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.” (Psalm 16:7 NLT)
Let’s fill our thoughts with right thinking. Remember that God is your true protector; place your security in Him. God is the only one who can truly satisfy us. He should be everything to us. Dwell on the sweetness of your relationship with Him. Lastly, praising God for all the good things in our lives is what he deserves. Besides it’s hard to be sad or grumpy or angry when we are praising God. Right thinking leads to right living!