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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It does seem we experienced a communication glitch here. It seemed to me you were offended by either John's question or my response & I admit I was distressed that you judged the questions not worth considering.

I also believe God is very active in our lives. I do believe God answers prayer. I also believe it often is through the fellowship of sharing in the sufferings of Jesus that we begin to see the suffering world through his eyes and are taken into His confidence. The scriptures teach all these concepts & on the surface they seem to be contradictory. When you add exaggerated versions of theology, the stumbling blocks become mountains..... especially for the young.

When I was Joel's age & very ill with hyperthyroidism, I reached a point I was no longer sure there was a God. God used that to deprogram me in many ways and begin laying a new foundation for my faith. He dashed my "images"of Him so He could give me clearer ones. This process is an ongoing one. Joel has been as ill as I was. This impacts him emotionally & makes him vulnerable to the attacks of the evil one, but I trust God is using it for good.

I have to say, though, of all the things I have been through, including standing over my husbands hospital bed & being told his chances for survival were slim, and standing over the bed of a near comatose son for months & almost losing him due to medical & insurance negligence... I think him being an atheist has tried my faith more than anything else ever has. I mean, this child has been raised to know & love God. As a 9 year old, he would respond to the invitation often JUST TO BE SURE he was saved because for awhile we were in a church where the pastor kept stressing being surr to the point he was undermining people's confidence in their salvation. This planted fear in him. That fear may be part of his reason for unbelief. He feels safer saying there is no God than living in fear of hell.

Around age 8 he recognized he had an anger problem & would go pray at the altar every week until God gave him victory over it! (Different church environment). This was his OWN idea. He told us about it after he felt he had victory, and we did see a change in his attitude!

Just yesterday, my sister told me her 12 year old son, Clark, has never, to her knowledge, prayed for salvation. She & his father pressed him on the issue & the response they get from him leads them to believe he is not sure the Bible is true or that there is a God. TWELVE YEARS OLD! He said "I don't know" to a lot of their questions & teared up a few times, but resolutely refused to pray for salvation. His parents have been legalistic to the point of having his four older siblngs leave home without their parents blessing. He has seen it rip at our family to the point holidays have become something to dread. I hope they address this situation with more grace than they have all the other situations. They seem to have made SOME progress, but they have repeatedthe same behavior over and over with each child. Clark may have come to question what kind of God would demand so much. He had asked "What if there is no God" a few years ago, long before Joel's confession. Just a day or so before my sister told me of Clark's doubts, I had remembered that & prayed for him.

My 36 year old brother, also, has recently confessed to me he no longer believes. This, after years of seeking DEEPLY for God & writing wonderful songs of praise & worship. He didn't want Joel to know because he didn't want to influence him.

Our family has been sifted and sifted and sifted at every level. Either God is doing a mighty work or we will be sifted to nothing! We have generations of godly heritage behind us, but also certain fears & other problems that have been passed down... but mostly fear & never feeling good enough due to being pastor's kids & under pressure to be all things to all people.

Sorry to spill all that. It's too much, but you don't have to read it. : )