Think about this. You can pick up a beautiful piece of art, set it on a table in front of you, and gaze at it. You will have “set it before” yourself. This Scripture tells us that you can set the Lord always before yourself too. Does this mean that you adjust His position, moving Him to a space right in front of you?
Obviously, this is a silly question. God does not move from His magnificent position. It’s we that move ourselves. If we were going to the left or to the right, we re-center ourselves on Him. If our gaze has been wandering, we check ourselves. We stop allowing it to wander. We adjust where we are pointing our attention, and we fix it on Him. As the NIV renders this verse, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord…”
Learning to check ourselves and re-center on Him is a lifelong journey of growth. The more we practice, the more we will find this to be true: “…because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved”. The right hand is an essential Scriptural symbol, occurring 167 times in the Bible (KJV). It embodies the concept of strength. When we gradually learn more and more to fix our attention on Jesus throughout the day, our strength grows. By very gradual increments, we become immovable. Slowly but surely, He makes us unshakable.
Here are three more benefits that come from this way of living, found in the same Psalm:
1. Perpetual guidance. “I will praise the Lord, who counsels me… You make known to me the path of life…” (v. 7, 11, NIV). When we set the Lord always before us, it helps us tune into His voice. We grow in sensitivity to His constant whispers, directing us along the path of life.
2. Restfulness of soul and body. “…My body also will rest secure” (v. 9). When we fixate on Jesus, our heart learns how big He is. The immensity of His love and power invests our whole being with His rest and security.
3. Fullness of joy. “You will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” (v. 11). As we gaze on Him, we connect our spirits into all the vibrancy of His closeness. His own joy permeates us. His pleasures become our own.
So, dear one, let us fix our eyes on Jesus. Let’s re-center on Him throughout the day, over and over again, until it becomes second nature to us. Let’s learn to set Him always before us. We will not be shaken!
What are some ways that can help us remember to re-center on Jesus in the midst of busy days?