Psalm 16 (NIV)
A miktam of David.
1 Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
3 I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.
5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
This psalm, written by David, captures the heart of a person completely reliant on God, both in life and in death.
David does not give us the backdrop or surrounding circumstances behind the writing of this psalm. All we know is that there was some imminent and deadly danger that threatened him (v. 1).
Notice that King David did not trust in or hide behind his army, his wealth, anyone or anything else. His trust was in the Lord and the Lord alone.
As David looked at his life, he saw any goodness coming from God alone (v. 2). There was nothing that came before God in his life. Likewise, David rejoiced in the others within his kingdom who put God first in their lives (v. 3).
In verse 4, David contrasts his dependence on God with the waywardness of those who worship other gods. David declares his choices: he will not make any offerings to the false gods, nor will he offer his voice in worship to those false gods.
David is satisfied with what the Lord provides him, both in the present (his portion and cup) as well as the future (his lot / inheritance) (v. 5). In verse 6, David shares his contentment with the inheritance that the Lord has shown him.
In verses 7 – 8, David recognizes and appreciates God as his counselor and advocate, both during the business hours of the day as well as the private hours of the night as he meditated and then slept. With God watching over him, David declared that nothing could make him take his eyes off the Lord or cause him to fear anyone or anything.
Verses 9 – 10 reveal David’s dependence on God, even in death. David knows that he will eventually die, but will not stay dead forever. He prophecies that Messiah will live eternally, and David will have eternal life through Him. Even if David were to die due to whatever imminent danger is lurking, he knows that Messiah will preserve his life for eternity.
In verse 11, David sums up his trust and confidence in God, both for now and for eternity.
As we worship today, may we see God as David did, and place all our hope and confidence in Him, and not in ourselves.
And may we experience the joy that comes from walking with the Lord, in His grace and love.