“I bless the LORD who gives me counsel…” – Psalm 16:7
Scripture reading: Isaiah 11:1-5
Counsel is a word indicating that someone receiving it, is getting helpful advice that is critical for a situation. Such advice is not something that can be gained by oneself. The Bible is clear that true counsel can only come from the source of all wisdom and knowledge, that is, from God Himself. Believers are given the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Counsel.
The Psalm reading today shows the result of receiving counsel is to bless the LORD and grow in one’s delight of Him. This builds from the first psalm in the Psalter, which teaches us not to walk in the counsel of the wicked (Psalm 1:1). There are many people prepared to give all kinds of advice and it is easy to get confused when listening to conflicting opinions. How can one sort out what is important and what is the right decision?
It is the Word of God, the treasure given to believers, which was written by men as they were carried along by the Spirit, wherein we find the Spirit’s clearest counsel. The Spirit of God also gifts some with the utterance of wisdom (I Corinthians 12:8). That is the ability to offer sound and clear instruction to someone who is struggling and in need of direction. The Spirit of Counsel becomes ever more familiar and present to the believer who spends time in prayer. The Spirit will direct the conscience of a believer as he wrestles in persistent prayer, seeking to know God more deeply and truly.
Suggestions for prayer
Thank God the Father for the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit; ask the Spirit to teach you, giving you counsel through the Word; pray for your preacher and the Word to be brought to the people tomorrow.
Rev. Richard Vander Vaart served as a minister in the Christian Reformed Church of North America for over twenty years, before joining the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. He is now serving as the Atlantic Region prison-visiting pastor working with Redemption Prison Ministry. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at NTGDevotional.com.