Week 3: Psalm 16 (Dorothy)

I have chosen Psalm 16 for this week. Unlike some of the Psalms that say ‘A Psalm of David’, this one says ‘A Michtam of David’. Traditionally this has been interpreted as ‘A Golden Psalm,’ the others being Psalms 56-60. It has also been translated as pertaining to a certain tune or as profound or so precious as to be worthy to be engraved and preserved as a treasure. I pray that the golden Treasure of this Psalm might be opened to all of us this week.

Psalm 16:1 Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust (NKJV) This is a Psalm about trust – in life and in death. John L .Mays in his book “Psalms Interpretation A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching” has helped to open this up for me.

Personally, I love every line of this Psalm. I find it beautiful and three lines in particular help to bring the whole Psalm to memory (Not unlike when we say “The Lord is My Shepherd” will bring the whole of Psalm 23 to mind):
1. “My goodness is nothing apart from You” or “I have no good apart from you” (Verse 2) As Christians we see ourselves in the mirror of Christ and know this to be true to the very depths of our souls, to the ‘bottom of our boots’. With contrite hearts, we acknowledge this with gladness and trust in His merciful goodness.
2. “The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.” (Verse 6a) Verses 5 and 6 speak together of our incredible inheritance in God. I pray back this verse to give thanks, saying, “Yes Lord, you have caused the lines to fall for me in pleasant places. You are so good to us.” I can pray this even though I have experienced some very difficult times; but I can look back and see His goodness to me through those times and I can look forward to the unknown in trust.
3. “My flesh will also rest in hope.” (Verse 10b) There are some beautiful lines in verses 6-11 but this line in particular reminds me this is one of few places in the Old Testament that hints at resurrection (see also Psalm 41:12 and 73:24). We can trust in unbroken relationship in life and in death. Questions abound as to what David really understand about resurrection; much commentary on these verses relating to Christ.
One day we shall all raise our voice in one accord, “Yes, indeed! You have shown us the Path of Life and in Your Presence is fullness of Joy.” (see verse 11) Blessings to you all --- Dorothy Dahli

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Amazing situation

I was just informed there are a lot of sermons, Sunday School Classes, Seminary classes, discussion groups and small Bible studies going on right now on the Psalms. I'm beginning to wonder if there is a Secret Message being sent to His Children. Hmmm...

As in most cases in Scripture, we need to know who is talking and to whom he is talking to. In this case, the speaker is a 'righteous' man talking to another. He's making a straight forward statement concerning how he feels about idol worship by referring to some practices that are used in doing so and how he disapproves and will not participate in said practices.

I agree with you, that often we tend to take that 'high road' position to some degree concerning Blessings and Judgement. Almost to the point of 'arrogance', that since we 'don't do bad stuff', we don't get judged! Unfortunately for those that do think that way, "It ain't necessarily so!" 'For all have sinned and have fallen short of the Glory of God.' The Teachings of our Lord need to be embraced and adopted into our lives, wholly, leaving out nothing. I guess the best way to put it is to 'Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk', 24/7.