A Needed Relationship
This month we remember and celebrate our mothers. What could be more appropriate than to celebrate moms?Â They care for us, they nurture us, and on the very deepest level, we all need our moms. Even if your relationship with your mother has seen ups and downs or worse, you cannot deny you needed your mother.Â Without your mother you wouldnâ€™t have any good thing you have experienced, or ever will experience, because without your mother you wouldnâ€™t be here.Â For nine months she carried you inside her womb â€“ she kept you safe and provided the nutrients your tiny body needed to grow. Â What a humbling thought! A humbling thought that moves us to celebrate mothers.
The author of Psalm 16 had a similar thought.Â He knew a relationship without which he could never survive.Â The relationship he knew was one with God.Â He wrote:
Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I said to the LORD, â€˜You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.â€
Just as we absolutely need our mothers, we absolutely need our God.Â Apart from God we have no good thing. Apart from God life is not worth living. Maybe we think we can exist and function apart from God, but there wonâ€™t be much joy in it â€“ certainly not as we look to the inevitable â€“ death. To be cut off from God is to be cut off from life, as certainly as a premature fetus removed from his motherâ€™s womb will die. Apart from God we have no good thing.
With God we have every good thing. He sent his only Son, Jesus, to take away everything that cut us off from his blessings.Â In Jesusâ€™ life, his cross, and his empty tomb, our perfect relationship with God has been restored, and he gives us every good thing. The psalmist writes:
Surely I have a delightful inheritance.
One good thing our mothers give us is advice, even if sometimes it takes a while for us to accept it. When we face some of our toughest life decision, our mothers can be invaluable. God and his Word are also invaluable.
I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.
In his Word, God gives us not only the keys to salvation, but also advice and counsel for our lives, but notice how the verses continue:
I have set the Lord always before me.Â Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
God never abandons us, but sometimes we fail to keep him close â€“ sometimes we turn away from him.Â Set the Lord always before you.Â Keep him close.Â Keep him close in prayer and keep him close as you stay close to his Word. Then you will know every good thing that comes from this relationship.Â Then you will have cause for celebration. Remember the joys and promises of Eater and celebrate the needed relationship Jesus has granted you.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grace, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.Â You have made known to me the path of life, you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Beautiful Saviorâ€™s newsletter articles in 2014 will focus on portions from short Psalms.Â These Psalms can be easily committed to memory and serve as wonderful prayers and tools for daily meditation on Godâ€™s Word.