Psalm 16 is a song of trust and expression of joy. Joy that comes from faithfulness and loyalty;
Acts 2:25 King David said this about him: ‘I see that the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me,
Acts 13:34-36 For God had promised to raise him from the dead, not leaving him to rot in the grave. He said, ‘I will give you the sacred blessings I promised to David.’ Another psalm explains it more fully: ‘You will not allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.’ This is not a reference to David, for after David had done the will of God in his own generation, he died and was buried with his ancestors, and his body decayed.
In the last verse if this psalm we today can, with the psalmist, David, rejoice in the happiness that we have in the presence of the Lord.
The Joy Of Loyalty
Psalm 16:1-11 (HCSB)
1 Protect me, God, for I take refuge in You.
2 I said to Yahweh, “You are my Lord; I have nothing good besides You.”3 As for the holy people who are in the land, they are the noble ones. All my delight is in them.4 The sorrows of those who take another ⌊god⌋ for themselves will multiply; I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood, and I will not speak their names with my lips.
5 LORD, You are my portion and my cup ⌊of blessing⌋; You hold my future.6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
7 I will praise the LORD who counsels me— even at night my conscience instructs me.8 I keep the LORD in mind always. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.9 Therefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices; my body also rests securely.
10 For You will not abandon me to Sheol; You will not allow Your Faithful One to see decay.11 You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.