The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; You hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed I have a beautiful inheritance.
I have set the LORD always before me;
Therefore, my heart is glad and my whole being rejoices.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16: 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11)
When I am not choosing joy and contentment, I am valuing other things above God, and above what He has sovereignly put in my life. ***This is incorporating my recent struggles to be content; your situation may be entirely different.*** This is an exact opposite of what is written above, from Psalm 16. :
I proclaim to the world, "God is not my Lord & Master; I value other things, and want them, more than Him."
Possessions and a beautiful house is what I will choose-- I want to pour my own cup; I will clutch and manipulate my life to get maximum comfort, ease, and stylishness with my own hands rather than trust my life in God's hands.
I have set my own desires and my culture's standards of what is desirable always before me.
Therefore, my heart is continually dissatisfied, and my whole being sulks.
I try to chart my own path of life without regard to what God says; outside of His presence I am empty and discontent; away from Him I find sorrow and discouragement.
Pretty convicting, isn't it, to see the exact opposite so clearly laid out? It challenges me to think about which of these I will choose each day.
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