Before and Beside Us

Psalms 16:8 (KJV)

I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

He set the LORD before him, and then the LORD came beside him.

A few verses down, the LORD is at the right hand of God.[1] We should consider these terms (in relationship to ourselves) as representative.

He is before us

To lead us and guide us. To make way for us. To walk where we must soon walk. He is before us to protect us and guard us. He sees the dangers before we do. He makes them known to us. He often takes on the threat in our place.

He is beside us
At our right hand. He supports us and strengthens us. He also comforts and befriends us. We are not alone. We have a friend that “sticketh closer than a brother.”[2] His presence beside us elevates us and places us in a company we would not otherwise come to know.

[1] Psalms 16:11 (KJV)
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

[2] Proverbs 18:24 (KJV)
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

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Pastor Bible Baptist Church in Puyallup, WA, Self Published Amazon Author, avid student of the Bible.

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