This is the free student devotional for Resilient Faith, Session 3: Enduring Faith.
Go outside to a place where you know you will not be disturbed. Sit quietly and say nothing. Simply focus your thoughts on God.
Study Psalm 16:5-9 in your Bible.
I keep the Lord in mind always. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices; my body also rests securely. —Psalm 16:8-9
Take a closer look at verse 9. Think about the stories you see on the news and the general attitude of the people you interact with on a daily basis. Does verse 9 reflect their attitude? Why or why not? Jot down a few thoughts.
The answer is no. If you were trying to describe our society, you’d probably be more likely to pick words and phrases like anxious and fueled by negativity. And if you’re honest with yourself, anxiety, worry, and pessimism have probably invaded your life to some extent. What are the things that trigger high anxiety in your life? When do you find yourself feeling depressed, discouraged, or pessimistic?
Today’s passage tells us that as Christians, we don’t have to let the world’s negative view of this life affect the way we live. We can live differently. The answer is in verse 8. Read it again and write the reason in your own words.
According to verse 9, what are the results of living with the daily knowledge that God is always with you?
When we trust in the security of God’s presence, we can live confidently and joyously, knowing we’re never alone or forgotten.
Behind the Story
“The right hand” is not an arbitrary phrase in Psalm 16. A Jewish father placed his right hand on his sons to give them his blessing. To seat someone at your right had was considered an honor. When David said God was at his right hand, he meant God was the most important Person in his life and deserved the highest honor.
• “I will not be shaken.” “My heart is glad.” “I rejoice.” “My body rests in safety.” How would living like you believed those statements affect your relationships with those closest to you? How would it have an impact on your witness?
• Think about what it really means to rest in the security of God’s presence. Scripture has told us doing so helps us to live confidently and joyously. What action steps will you take this week to reflect your commitment to living out this truth? List two below.
Create an outline for Psalm 139:7-10, just as you would if you were giving a speech or writing a paper, highlighting the key points. Then, practice reciting the passage using the outline.