Psalm 16


Greetings!  David puts all his hope in the Lord.  He isn’t trusting in anything else for his joy or salvation.

 Psalm 16

 1 Keep me safe, O God,
       for in you I take refuge.

 2 I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
       apart from you I have no good thing.”

 3 As for the saints who are in the land,
       they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.

 4 The sorrows of those will increase
       who run after other gods.
       I will not pour out their libations of blood
       or take up their names on my lips.

 5 LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
       you have made my lot secure.

 6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
       surely I have a delightful inheritance.

How does the Lord counsel us?  Primarily through his Word.  He also gives us wisdom when we ask for it. 

 7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
       even at night my heart instructs me.

 8 I have set the LORD always before me.
       Because he is at my right hand,
       I will not be shaken.

By trusting in the Lord we will have joy, not just fleeting happiness.  We can be confident that he will not forget us when we die.   The words about “your Holy One” not seeing decay also apply to Jesus.  He was resurrected on the third day and his body did not decay.

 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 grave, 
       nor will you let your Holy One see decay.

This contains a magnificent promise: God has revealed to us the path of life in his Word.  We will have eternal joy when we trust in Jesus for our forgiveness and salvation. 

 11 You have made known to me the path of life;
       you will fill me with joy in your presence,
       with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

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