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How to have the Fullness of Joy?

Sunday, 31st January 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

We have a lot of things in our mind. Every morning when we wake up a lot of things will come into our mind. Even when we turn on the TV or cell phones, all we see is the bad news around the world. People are curious, when they see bad news they would want to find out more, but when they see good news they will think it’s normal.

People of the world worry about what will happen in the future and always want to find out more. We lost the security in our heart, no one knows the future. So how can we have security in our heart? The Bible tells us to have a joyful heart. The devil tries to take away our joyful heart, our joy can disappear all of the sudden.

Psalm 16 – A Michtam of David.

Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust. O my soul, you have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You.” As for the saints who are on the earth, “They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.” Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, Nor take up their names on my lips.

O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance. I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. 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 rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

1. EVERYDAY CRY

This is the Michtam of David, an important stage of David’s life. There are only a few psalms in the Bible that are called the Michtam of David. They were written during the eight years when David was chased by King Saul. It was not an easy time for him, he went through many ups and downs. Yet we can see his faith in God.

We went through a difficult year of 2020, with COVID-19 and the struggles of many countries. There is nowhere secure and everything is uncertain. David was a young shepherd, looking after the sheep for his family. One day, Samuel the prophet came to anoint him as king, but nothing much changed after that. Later on when David had the opportunity to help in the Israelite army and to kill many Philistines. This caused King Saul to be jealous of him and started chasing after David.

Everything happened did not stop David trusting in God. At the beginning of Psalm 16, David said, ‘preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust’. It’s just like what we read in Joshua 5, before the battle of the City of Jericho, Joshua heard the voice of God. When Joshua encountered God, he asked, ‘which side are You with?’ We always want answer from God straight away, But instead of answering Joshua, God said to Joshua, ‘if you are on my side, then I will be your Commander’.

Immediately Joshua humbled himself and asked what God would like to say to him. Joshua knew he could not stand in righteousness in front of God. He used his human eyes to look at the City of Jericho, used his own experience to think how he could win the battle. But what he should do was to come before the High Priest and ask for the Will of God.

We should not hide ourselves like Adam and Even, instead we should cry to God every day like David, to put our trust in God. For eight years, David was chased by King Saul, he had the opportunity to kill Saul but due to respect of the anointed authority he didn’t. David chose not to look at his environment around him, and put his trust in God, not only once but every day. Through reading, studying, sharing and praying to the Word of God, we will grow our trust in God.

2. EVERYDAY COMMITMENT

In Psalm 16:2, David not only cried out to God, but also put his commitment in God, he was sure that God will protect him and guide him to the end. David had the opportunity to be the leader of the Philistines, but he chose to commit in God’s way for him. For eight years God did not reveal to David what will happen, but from the day when Samuel anointed David as king of Israelite, he stayed committed in God. Our commitment is not only for the day when we receive Jesus as our Saviour. Every day we must remember our first love for God.

Jesus knew on the first day that He was to sacrifice on the cross. He knew His commitment to the Father, even when His disciples betrayed Him and ran away, Jesus never had a second thought. We tend to leave a back door for ourselves, we would say, ‘if this door doesn’t open then I will save myself another way’. But today we need to be committed in the way of God, and know that once we walk on this path we should not turn back.

We should not be a Sunday Christian, not only just commit our lives on Sundays, but to ‘set the Lord always before me’. In the beginning of everyday, we should humble ourselves, align with God, align with the church and align with our authority, to follow this flow and live in the living water every day. It’s also like how we make the oath in the marriage, we need to stay committed in our marriage, not about if we are happy or sad, if we are rich or poor, if we are well or sick… everyday we should stay committed.

3. EVERYDAY JOY

In Psalm 16:9-10, David showed the joy within his heart, despite of his circumstances. The enemy tries to lie to us, to say that we don’t have time to pray and seek God. We put ourselves in a ‘doing’ mode, we thought we need to do more, to study more, to work more, etc. in order to have a good life.

David only wanted to stay in the temple of God. He wanted nothing more. What about us? What do we put in first in our lives? We pray not because we have to pray, but because of our love for God.

Through Psalm 16, God is telling us that He is with us, our struggles, our problems, our broken relationships, the issues we cannot sort out… God is with us, but we need to know which side we are on! The Commander of the Lord is with us, we need to make a decision and tell God which side we are on! We want to be on God’s side!