23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27 For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;
you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
28 But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
that I may tell of all your works.
From the creation of man, God has enjoyed being with the men and women of His creation. In this Psalm we read that the Psalmist was continually with God and God held his right hand. When I walk with Jared, I often hold his hand, or he holds mine. Jared is much more secure in his walk when he is held on to. Perhaps that is the picture here. It is not that we cannot live apart from God holding on to us, but our life is much more secure when He does.
The Psalmist continues that when he is with God and held by His hand, he also hears the counsel of God both for the good of this life and for going into the next life. As we face life and death, God’s close presence with us makes all the difference. We have God to look forward to in heaven and when we look to Him in this life, there is nothing on earth that compares. God is our strength when our human hearts fail; He is our portion forever.
The Psalmist ends stating even more clearly that it is good to be near God; God is His refuge, his place of safety. Jesus promised His disciples that He would be with them always. Jesus promised to send them, and us, His Holy Spirit to be with us always in this life. We too can say that we enjoy being with God as God enjoys being with us. God holds our right hand and we hear His counsel. God’s presence is all the difference as we go through life and thus we know that we are prepared to see Him in heaven.
With this in mind, we tell others of all His wonderful works.
Open, yes, church is open. JIBC has been open for two Sundays now. We are thankful for those who have joined with us as we gather, sing, pray, read Scripture and hear God’s word preached. The fellowship is sweet through the masks and distancing. We are still sanitizing the building, taking temperature, and keep record of who comes so we can gather with a level of safety. We will again have service this coming Sunday with those who will attend.
Our services are still available on Facebook at “Jakarta International Baptist Church,” as well as on YouTube at “JIBC Online Ministry.”
We pray for each of you every week. Please send us any special requests you may have by email or WhatsApp.
Have a great day in the Lord,