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Psalm 16

Song of Trust and Security in God

A Miktam of David.

1

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

2

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;

I have no good apart from you.”

 

3

As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,

in whom is all my delight.

 

4

Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;

their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out

or take their names upon my lips.

 

5

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;

you hold my lot.

6

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

I have a goodly heritage.

 

7

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;

in the night also my heart instructs me.

8

I keep the Lord always before me;

because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

 

9

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;

my body also rests secure.

10

For you do not give me up to Sheol,

or let your faithful one see the Pit.

 

11

You show me the path of life.

In your presence there is fullness of joy;

in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.


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Verses 12–18

The psalmist speaks with astonishment, at the wickedness of the wicked, and at the patience and forbearance of God. God prepares the heart for prayer, by kindling holy desires, and strengthening our most holy faith, fixing the thoughts, and raising the affections, and then he graciously accepts the prayer. The preparation of the heart is from the Lord, and we must seek unto him for it. Let the poor, afflicted, persecuted, or tempted believer recollect, that Satan is the prince of this world, and that he is the father of all the ungodly. The children of God cannot expect kindness, truth, or justice from such persons as crucified the Lord of glory. But this once suffering Jesus, now reigns as King over all the earth, and of his dominion there shall be no end. Let us commit ourselves unto him, humbly trusting in his mercy. He will rescue the believer from every temptation, and break the arm of every wicked oppressor, and bruise Satan under our feet shortly. But in heaven alone will all sin and temptation be shut out, though in this life the believer has a foretaste of deliverance.




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