Always At My Right Hand

Michael Beck

“I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” (Psalm 16:8)

The Lord needs to be at our right hand. Without His close involvement in our life we’re sunk. “Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.” (Psalm 119:92) When things are sailing along smoothly, people are lulled into a false sense of security. “And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.” (Ps. 30:6) But then a storm arises! “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew …” (Matt. 7:27) Suddenly, we are at our wit’s end. We don’t know what to do. Perhaps we pray for the first time in our life.

Blessed trouble! God will let storms come into our life in the hope they will drive us to Him.

“For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.” (Psalm 107:25-30)

God would not only be involved in the “big” storms of our life. He wants to be involved every day and in every way. Why keep Him at arm’s length? Do we think we can handle things without Him? Beware of pride. “… For God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” (1 Pet. 5:5) The same Hebrew word “afflicted” also means “humbled.” Prosperity tends to puff us up. Afflictions humble us.

Don’t wait for calamity to strike before you humble yourself and call upon God for help. Involve Him today. Set Him always at your right hand.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.