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Jesus is Our Satisfaction | Psalm 16

When you feel like life is in a freefall, where do you turn? In the second week of our summer series Playlist, Blake Holmes uses Psalm 16 to show us how God is our Refuge, Satisfaction, Counselor, and Hope.

Blake HolmesJul 18, 2021

In This Series (3)
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made | Psalm 139
David MarvinJul 25, 2021
Jesus is Our Satisfaction | Psalm 16
Blake HolmesJul 18, 2021
God is Good in our Trials | Psalm 34
John ElmoreJul 11, 2021

Summary

When you feel like life is in a freefall, where do you turn? In the second week of our summer series Playlist, Blake Holmes uses Psalm 16 to show us how God is our Refuge, Satisfaction, Counselor, and Hope.

Key Takeaways

  • All that we long for, both now and in eternity, finds its ultimate fulfillment in the Lord.
  • The Lord is our Refuge (v. 1-4), Satisfaction (v. 5-6), Counselor (v. 7-8), and Hope (v. 9-11).
  • God is transcendent, eminent, and our Master.
  • The people of God are His delight.
  • We can’t change the past or control the future, but we can be faithful in the present.
  • Where you turn in your time of need reveals where your trust ultimately lies.
  • Until you recognize the Lord as your satisfaction, you will remain dissatisfied and empty.
  • Those who trust in the Lord’s counsel live securely.
  • Questions to ask when considering how you look to the Lord for counsel: Are you consistently reading God’s Word? Do you have a plan to know it better? What was the last decision you made based on the counsel of God’s Word? Can you point to a specific verse? When people come to you for counsel, how likely are you to base your answer on Scripture? Or stop and pray for them?
  • Despite death itself, we have eternal life in Jesus Christ. The cross is where we find satisfaction, hope, and grace.
  • Our afflictions are light and momentary when you consider what is coming in our future glory (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
  • “Hoping does not mean doing nothing. It is not fatalistic resignation. It means going about our assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the meaning and the conclusions. It is not compelled to work away at keeping up appearances with a bogus spirituality. It is the opposite of desperate and panicky manipulations, of scurrying and worrying. And hoping is not dreaming. It is not spinning an illusion or fantasy to protect us from our boredom or our pain. It means a confident, alert expectation that God will do what He said He will do. It is imagination put in the harness of faith. It is a willingness to let God do it His way and in His time. It is the opposite of making plans that we demand that God put into effect, telling Him both how and when to do it. That is not hoping in God but bullying God.”- Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • Where do you turn for refuge? Do you trust in yourself, in others, false gods, or in the Lord?
  • No matter where your “lines” have fallen (Psalm 16:6), do you find satisfaction in God’s sovereignty over your life?
  • What is one practical way you can express the eternal hope that you have in your day-to-day life?

Other Mentioned or Recommended Resources

  • Suggested Scripture study: Psalm 18:2, Psalm 46:1, Nahum 1:7, Psalm 23:5, Psalm 109:31, Acts 2:22-28, Acts 13:34, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Romans 8:11, 1 Peter 1:3-4