PSALM 16:5-6: “LORD, you alone are everything I need. You make my life secure. I am very pleased with what you have given me. I am very happy with what I’ve received from you.” (NIRV)
OBSERVATION: Am I truly content? Contentment can be simply defined as being satisfied with what you have. Paul put it this way,
- “I’m not saying that because I need anything. I have learned to be content no matter what happens to me. I know what it’s like not to have what I need. I also know what it’s like to have more than I need. I have learned the secret of being content no matter what happens. I am content whether I am well fed or hungry. I am content whether I have more than enough or not enough. I can do everything by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13 NIRV
The Psalmist, and Paul, both have a common focus that allows them to be content. They both have found everything they need in the Lord.
- Psalmist (David): “Lord, you alone are everything I need. You make my life secure.”
- Paul: “I can do everything by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.”
This focus is in direct conflict with the focus of our culture. Our entire culture and economic system are built upon discontent. The HD TV that you just purchased a year ago, needs to be replaced, because now there is a 4K Ultra TV available. The smartphone you hold in your hand, is obsolete, because the new model has just been unveiled. And that car you are driving, has lost its gleam, compared to the new models that have just been released.
How does the believer walk in the power of contentment in the midst of this pull? Jesus taught us it was simply a matter of focus. If we seek first the Kingdom of God, if our greatest desire is to know God, then we will be free from discontent. And how does this work? As we put God first in everything, we understand that He alone is our great reward, and He alone will provide us with all that we need – according to His riches and glories in Christ Jesus!
Contentment is not ignoring the needs of life. We all need to work, have a place to live, eat, and have clothes to wear. Contentment is not about an artificial call to poverty, it is about a supranational call to faith in God. When we strip everything away – we understand what the Psalmist was saying when he proclaimed – “Lord, you alone are everything I need.” We entered into this life with nothing, and we will leave this life with nothing – except that which we have found in Christ. Only that which we have invested in His Eternal Kingdom will go with us. Our TV, our smartphone, and our car – will all be left behind!
Lord, this morning, I give You thanks for all that You have given me. The greatest gift that You have given me is Your Son, Jesus Christ my Lord. May I learn to live in, and walk in, the contentment that comes from seeking first Your Kingdom. Grant me that grace to live in the freedom that comes from this heavenly focus.
In Jesus Name!