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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So it has been, historically, for thousands of years, so why sound so surprised? Man's inhumanity to man can easily be seen in every historian's writing as far back as you can go, and even further than that. It's what forced God to flood the Earth in Noah's time.

If you look, specifically, at the history of His Own Children (the Nation of Israel) you will find the cycle in full operation. They Worship God, then slowly fall away to idols then come back to God! Over and over and over. Each time, God causes correction of increasing severity until, at last, the Price was marked 'Paid in full' for all time, at the Cross. So, why question what the Psalmist meant when he says thus and so. We could hold discourse for years on such things and accomplish absolutely nothing, when the REAL task is to become 'disciples' and spread the 'Good News'. Such discourse simply degenerates into 'Battling Theologies' that takes our attention away from God's Word!

We study to become more able to share with the Unbelievers in this world. God's word is sufficient unto itself, nothing need be added by Man. Therein comes error.

Why question the things that are God's? If He decides to Bless someone, He has His Own reasons for doing so. If someone suffers, illness or anything else, is God at the root of that suffering? I don't think so. I can easily point to the book of Job for evidence as to the true cause of such things, and Job was a Godly man! For those that aren't Godly, they have no protection at all. It does seem, however, that those who have the true potential to become Children of God, will be more likely affected than those that aren't. But the Psalmist doesn't say that.

The point of this Psalm is that a Righteous man was speaking to another making known his point of view.