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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I don't understand why you object to exploring this question. Unbelievers ask this question. People become unbelievers because of this very question.

My "atheist" son volunteers at a homeless shelter run by a "church." Another church catered a dinner there this week & my son attended to help out. As the "righteous men" talked to one another & prayed, they repeatedly mentioned how blessed they were due to their faith & obedience. My son, who has seen our own family suffer much pain & want in spite of our love & commitment to God, said he saw incredulous looks on the faces of many of the homeless people there. He said he felt his throat close up & felt as if he might vomit. He said, "Mom, it was awful. It was like being back in church. I haven't felt like that since I was in church."

What might seem to be meaningless, theological dueling to some is life & death to some of us. No offense intended. It just seems there is no place to ask the hard questions or speak of difficult realities. Then when people leave the "fellowship", wounded & bleeding, we shake our heads & think them to be undeserving or faithless. Their number is great & God does not judge them so.