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 guess I didn't express myself too well on that issue, and if I raised anyone's hackles, I sincerely apologize.

My thought on scripture, basically, is that the Word of God is to be accepted as it is written, and I have started studying Hebrew because I wasn't getting a complete and satisfactory enough understanding (as far as my puny brain can, that is). I have also learned to not second guess God and His Will. When He says something, I believe it, Promises, Commandments, Judgements, ALL are His to make and do and mine to follow and work. The Hebrew word for 'Bless' actually means 'to Stand Close Beside', so when God says He will Bless you, Hs means to be at your side, as close as our shadow.

What your son experienced was a shameful thing. Sometimes it is prudent for a 'Righteous' man (God proclaims that "None are Righteous, no, not one") to keep quiet and say nothing. Joel's reaction is very understandable and I'm sorry he experienced what he did. Some folks (men and women, alike) forget the teachings concerning the tongue and how damaging it can be. We must all watch what we say and how we say it. A freely wagging tongue is hurtful and damaging (I am reminded of Job's three 'friends'). All we can do is keep Joel in our prayers and see to it that he understands about the wagging tongue.