Psalm 16:2 – I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
Excuse me, Your God is Showing.
I have no good apart from you.”
Let’s take a look at the word Lord:
1lord noun \ˈlȯrd\ definition of LORD
1: one having power and authority over others:
a: a ruler by hereditary right or preeminence to whom service and obedience are due
b: one of whom a fee or estate is held in feudal tenure
c: an owner of land or other real property
d obsolete: the male head of a household
f: one that has achieved mastery or that exercises leadership or great power in some area <a drug lord
2 capitalized: god
3: a man of rank or high position: as
a: a feudal tenant whose right or title comes directly from the king
b: a British nobleman: as
(1): baron 2a
(2): a hereditary peer of the rank of marquess, earl, or viscount
(3): the son of a duke or a marquess or the eldest son of an earl
(4): a bishop of the Church of England
c plural capitalized: house of lords
4—used as a British title: as
a —used as part of an official title <Lord Advocate> <LordMayor>
b —used informally in place of the full title for a marquess, earl, or viscount
c —used for a baron
d —used by courtesy before the name and surname of a younger son of a duke or a marquess
5: a person chosen to preside over a festival
One having power and authority over others
My God is Lord, and He has authority over me. He is the great authority. When you think about someone being the authority on a topic, it’s someone who has worked with something a long time or is the creator or that item. God is the authority on you. He created you, He knows you better than you know yourself. But I don’t think that’s the kind of thing it’s talking about here. God has the power and authority to make things happen. He can change things, if it’s His will. He can make things happen. Nothing can become greater than it’s creator, and so it is with God. He created us and is bigger, smarter and more than we’ll ever be. He is outside of all measurement.
A man of rank or high position
God by way of being God is in the ultimate high position. There is none that outrank Him. But sometimes in our lives, we don’t act like He is Lord. That He is the one with authority in our lives or even that we treat Him with honor. We are called to give God glory in all we do, but sometimes our selfish interests get in the way. Maybe we ignore the nudge from God to get up on a Sunday morning and attend worship. Maybe we don’t give the money back when we’re given too much in change. Maybe we focus more on pleasing our spouses or significant others instead of showing God that He is truly in the highest position in our heart. To put this idea in context, I’ve heard people say, “How would you prepare for a visit from the President of the United States?” Even if you don’t like the president in power, most likely you would still show him the respect the position holds, and maybe even be proud he came to see you. Now how do you prepare your heart and home for the One of Highest Position? What efforts do you make in your relationship with the Most Important? I don’t know about you, but it makes me think about some of my choices each day. If I could actually see God as residing in my heart and my home, physically, would I be doing anything differently? I’m guessing I would. Would you?
My Lord, My Master, My Father
How blessed are we that the one who is all-powerful, of the highest rank and position and holds all authority is also the one who adopted me into His family, so that I might benefit from the saving grace of Jesus Christ. I am not a slave, but a child of God, serving not out of duty, but out of love. May we be blessed with continuing faith in the God who is Lord of all.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”
The second half of this verse says it all really. My value, my purpose and my spirit are nothing without the Lord. I am God’s child, and when left to my own devices, I am hopeless. I fail, I’m mean, I sin. With the Lord I am saved, purposeful, blessed, encouraging. When my focus isn’t on God, you can tell. It shows in my actions. I want my God to show. I want God to get the glory in my life. I want it to be obvious that there is something different in my life that gives my life meaning. Maybe next time I see someone doing good, I’ll say, “Your God is showing.”
Is your God showing?