Psalm 16:11 (Take Two)

You make known to me the path of life.

The LORD makes known to me the path of life.

The LORD, the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth,
makes known to me the path of life.

The LORD, the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth,
continuously reveals to me the path of life.

The LORD, the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth,
continuously reveals to me and uncovers for me
the path of life.

The LORD, the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth,
continuously reveals to me, uncovers for me,
and allows me to presently see the path of life.

The LORD, the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth,
continuously reveals to me, uncovers for me,
and allows me to presently see the one and only
path of life.

The LORD, the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth,
continuously reveals to me, uncovers for me,
and allows me to presently see the one and only
way, road, and course of life.

The LORD, the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth,
continuously reveals to me, uncovers for me,
and allows me to presently see the one and only
way, road, and course that gives me life
and that results in life.

The LORD, the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth,
continuously reveals to me, uncovers for me,
and allows me to presently see the one and only
way, road, and course that gives me life
and that results in life:
my fullness of joy and pleasure forevermore at the right hand of God.

The LORD, the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth,
continuously reveals to me, uncovers for me,
and allows me to presently see the one and only
way, road, and course that ends in my infinite and eternal joy.

The LORD, the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth,
continuously reveals to me, uncovers for me,
and allows me to presently see the one and only
road that ends in my infinite and eternal joy.

The LORD, the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth,
continuously reveals to me, uncovers for me,
and allows me to presently see the road
that ends in my infinite and eternal joy.

The LORD, the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth,
continuously reveals to me the road
that ends in my infinite and eternal joy.

The LORD, the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth,
reveals to me the road
that ends in my infinite and eternal joy.

The LORD reveals to me the road that ends in my infinite and eternal joy.

You reveal to me the road that ends in my infinite and eternal joy.

Advertisements

Psalm 16:11

“You make known to me the path of life.”

You
[my refuge, the LORD, the one apart from whom I have no good, my chosen portion and my cup, the one who holds my lot, the one who gives me an inheritance, the one who gives me counsel and instructs me, the one who is at my right hand, the one who makes my heart glad and who makes my whole being rejoice, the one in whom my flesh dwells secure, the one who will not abandon my soul, the one in whom there is fullness of joy and at whose right hand there are pleasures forevermore]

make known
[presently, continuously, daily, regularly, habitually, reveal, uncover, show, shed light on, instruct, counsel, direct, guide, lead, allow me to see]

to me
[personally, individually, uniquely, specifically, directly, to your chosen son, to the one who will inherit your great inheritance, to the one in whom you delight]

the path
[the singular, the one and only, way, road, trail, track, route, course, direction]

of life
[that’s best, that leads to life, that leads to fullness of joy, that leads to pleasures forevermore, that has a good and hopeful end, that has a secure destination, that is good to travel down, that gives life to those who walk on it and results in life for those who arrive at its end].

“You make known to me the path of life.”

Please reveal that path to me, Father. How? You say your sheep hear your voice and you know them and they follow you (John 10:27). I don’t always know how, but do that, I pray.

Psalm 23:1

The LORD

—the Great I Am; the Ultimate Reality; the One from whom all that is gets its existence; the Sovereign Ruler over every atom in the universe; the Creator and Sustainer of galaxies; the Maker and Shaper of solar systems; the Source of life of every being that has breath; the Source of all goodness and righteousness; the true God; the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the God of Moses; the God and Father of Jesus Christ; the One who charts the courses of the sun and stars through the sky; the One who determines the times and places of nations; the One before whom mountains tremble; the One before whom all men will one day bow and give an account; the One who spoke all spirit and matter into being; the King above all other kings; the LORD above all other lords; the Holy One of Israel—

is

—in this very moment; as he sovereignly governs all creation; as he actively rules over the trillions of stars in the universe; in the same moment in which he is carrying out his perfect will for all mankind; while he steadily moves the clock of history forward moment by moment; right now; today; in this very instant the LORD of all creation is being—

my

—personal, close, individual, loved, intimate, caring, near, own, dear, special, trusted, familiar, well-known—

shepherd

—the one who leaves the 99 and seeks the one who’s lost; the tender guide; the patient teacher; the mighty protector; the merciful provider; the ever-present help in time of trouble; the matchless defender; the one who lays down his life for his sheep; the wise teacher; the skillful leader; the servant-master who gives of himself for the good of the flock; the ever-vigilant watchman; the always present eye; the disciplined trainer; the merciful disciplinarian; the one who faithfully yields his rod and his staff for the good of his sheep—

The LORD is my shepherd.  What joy and peace are mine.

Welcome

God is so good.  Not only does he pull men up out of the miry pit, he also puts “a new song in [their] mouths, a song of praise to… God” (Psalm 40:3a).  So God’s salvation is not merely a saving us from something.  It’s a saving us to something.  He saves us from the pit, but that’s not all.  He gives us a song to sing.  A new song.  A song of praise to him for his greatness.  And those songs have a specific end that they are to accomplish.  “Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD” (Psalm 40:3b).  When the God of the universe pulls a man up out of the pit, that man can’t help but sing.  And when he does, people can’t help but overhear.  And when people overhear the unbridled praises of a man to his God at his awesome work, the end result is their fear and trust in that same great, redeeming, song-giving God.  May my words here be songs to your ears.  May the result be a sense of wonder at the greatness of God in saving sinners and a sense of hope that he’s worth trusting in yourself.