Psalm 16 (February 28, 2011)

[1] Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.  [2] I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”  [3] As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.  [4] The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.  [5] The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.  [6] The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.  [7] I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.  [8] I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.  [9] Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.  [10] For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.  [11] You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16 ESV)

When Jennifer and I got together, we picked a verse of scripture that would be our “theme verse” or our verse of focus during our relationship. I’m not sure where this concept came from, but it was a great idea and we enjoyed the process. Jennifer came across the second verse in the 16th chapter of the Psalms and we adopted that as our theme verse.

Psalm 16 is a Psalm of confidence in the Lord. There are two major sections this Psalm can be divided into. First, in verses 1-6 the Psalmist makes several definite statements about his present trust in the Lord. Secondly, in verses 7-11 he makes more definite statements about his future trust and confidence in the Lord. I know you will enjoy this study.




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