You've heard people say, "that really shook me up". What do they mean? Usually that something bad happened they were not expecting. It could be a scary or upsetting situation. Maybe it was an angry argument, or a sudden illness or accident. Situations like this can throw us off balance and cause us to lose heart, to lose sleep, to give up, or even to turn our back on God. What can you do when you face a situation like this?
If you've ever done yoga or a difficult balancing exercise, you've learned that focusing your eyes on one spot is the key to keeping your balance. If your eyes are drifting all over the place, you may start to wobble and soon fall over (try it!)
This is how David kept from being shaken when tough times hit: he focused his eyes on the LORD. But Psalm 16 is also about the Messiah, Jesus (read vs. 10 and following to see this clearly). Jesus, who suffered more that I can ever imagine, kept His eyes on God through the darkest night ever. And that is how you & I can stand strong too. Hebrews 12:2 says to "fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
As you fill your thoughts with God, you will find that even in the night (both literally and figurative), God will counsel you. As you meditate on His Word, He will give you wisdom, peace, patience, comfort, strength ... whatever you need. And, like David & Jesus, you will not only be able to stand strong in the LORD, but will be able to rejoice & praise Him even in the darkest night.
Dear Jesus, thank you for the great suffering You endured for me. Help me to keep my eyes on You always, and not be shaken when tough times come.