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Our Savior Guides Our Lives

Our Savior Guides Our Lives

Do you question God's guidance of your life, especially during challenges and difficult occasions? You're not alone. 

Preparation for the ministry in a Bible-believing Lutheran church typically includes the study of Greek and Hebrew — the original languages of the New and Old Testaments. A friend struggled with languages, especially Hebrew. When it came time for the final test, translating one of the Hebrew Psalms, he studied for more hours for that final test than he had ever studied for a test before. And the Lord had mercy. The test called for a translation of Psalm 16, the Psalm he, himself, had presented in class just a few weeks earlier, and he was able to quickly write out the translation.

The words of Psalm 16:5-6 seemed to be fulfilled instantly: "Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance."

Please do not misunderstand. My friend knew that in Psalm 16, King David was assuring all believers that our Lord is watching over us and guiding us to an eternal home in heaven. But at the time of the Hebrew exam, he could not help but thank the Lord for his guidance of "my portion and my cup." He completed the Hebrew final exam successfully and could look forward to graduation and service in the holy ministry.

What portion and cup has the Lord assigned to you? Something pleasant? Something successful? Something challenging and difficult? Whatever the case may be, be assured that the Savior is guiding you to an eternal future, a delightful inheritance. Even when you experience a difficult "portion and cup" God's love and forgiveness are yours. As David wrote by inspiration in later verses, "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." 

The Psalm's promises are fulfilled in the Lord Jesus. (See Peter's Pentecost Day sermon as it is recorded in Acts 2:25-28). It was Jesus who was not "abandoned to the grave," and did not "see decay" (Ps 16:10).  Rather, he now had "the path of life" (Ps 16:11).

An eternal promise is ours through the Lord Jesus. He paid for every sin and works faith in our hearts. We join the Savior in his resurrection victory with every sin washed away.

Whatever your current portion and cup in this sin-filled world, you can be at peace and filled with confidence in the Lord's guidance as he leads you to heaven. Read Psalm 16 and rejoice in the Lord's guidance of our lives, leading to eternal salvation!

Heavenly Father, help me to see your guidance of my daily life, guidance that is leading to eternal life in heaven. Amen.



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