God our Councelor

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel.

Psalm 16:7a


Thank God for Christian counselors. God uses them to help us with spiritual and mental and emotional and relational problems. Certainly God has used counselors to help me.

But who is the counselor? It is God. God himself is our main counselor. Go to him first. Go to him always. Rely primarily on him. He is the all-knowing, ever-present, ever-loving counselor. In fact, Jesus called the Holy Spirit the Paraclete, which means Encourager or Counselor. God the Holy Spirit is our Counselor. And what a counselor he is!

David understood that God counseled him. Even at night God counseled him.

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel;

In the night also my heart instructs me. (16:7)

David is saying: God counsels me. God guides me. God leads me. God ministers to me. God comforts me.

Even at night God counsels me. He moves my heart. He shapes my mind. He heals my heart. Sometimes he gives me dreams. At other times he wakes me in the night to speak to me or move me.

Imagine: Your own personal Counselor! Ready to listen, ready to guide, ready to heal.

No wonder David exclaimed: "I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel."