The Facets of Faith

by Stephen F. Olford

Text: "Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust....Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore" (Ps. 16:1,11).

Thought: This hymn of David is called "Michtam," which can be interpreted to mean "a Psalm to be hung up or inscribed on a pillar to commemorate victory." What is more significant is the fact that these eleven verses are messianic and depict our Savior's triumph, both in life and death. The psalm depicts three facets of faith (See Acts 2:28, Heb. 13:20):

I. The Life of Faith: "Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust...their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god" (vv. 1,4). In these opening verses, David acknowledges that the believer lives, moves, and has his being in God, and adds that the life of faith is dedication to the only One who can make life worthwhile.

II. The Legacy of Faith: "The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance...I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel" (vv. 5,7). When the believer is introduced to the life of faith, he is at once entitled to the legacy of faith-"an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled...that fadeth not away" (1 Pet. 1:4). What an abundance of blessing is to be found in the Lord Jesus!

III. The Look of Faith: "I have set the Lord always before [His] right hand there are pleasures forevermore" (vv. 8,11). Here, David turns our eyes to Jehovah, and reminds us that as we focus our faith in Him, we shall find a new stability in our lives, a new serenity in our lives, and a new sufficiency in our lives. May God enable us, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit; to daily maintain the look of faith, seeing only Him (see Heb. 12:2).

Thrust: Faith triumphant, blessed victory;

Every barrier swept away:

Heaven descending, joy and fullness,

Dawn of everlasting day.

Jesus only,

Him to love and Him obey.


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