Those who stay near to God secure their joy and peace forever.
vs. 1-2: The Need
Protection from leaving the refuge
vs. 3-4: The Threat
“It doesn’t really matter who you run after; it’s who you’ve left that’s the problem.”
vs. 5-6: The Choice
vs. 7-8: The Path
- God is your counselor
- You strive to be in his presence continually.
vs. 9-11: The Delight
- Fullness of joy
- Freedom from fear of judgment
- Clear understanding of life
- Pray Psalm 16. Ask God to keep you near, resting in him as a refuge.
- Identify some of the things that make you want to run after other sources of satisfaction and peace. Where do you run? Do you find comfort in being religious?
- Meditate on the inheritance that is yours: Delight forever in the presence of God. Allow this thought to give you perspective throughout your day/week.
- Who counsels you most often? Who do you let give you counsel late at night? Have you set God before you? Do you meditate on His word?
- Are you living in fear of judgment? Delight in the knowledge of a God who accepts those who trust him.
- Talk with your kids about what a refuge is. Tell them why it’s important for you to stay near to him as your refuge.
- Confess to your family what things tempt you to leave God as your refuge.
- Talk with your kids about how important it is to meet with God by reading the Bible.
- Explain to your kids the difference between your inheritance and what the rest of the world values.
- Talk with your family about how sorrow increases as you get further from God.