Day 5-Sunday Psalm

Psalm 16

You Will Not Abandon My Soul

Preserve me, O God, for in you

I take refuge.

I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;

I have no good apart from you.”

As for the saints in the land,

they are the excellent ones,

in whom is all my delight.

The sorrows of those who run after

another god shall multiply;

their drink offerings of blood

I will not pour out

or take their names on my lips.

The LORD is my chosen

portion and my cup;

you hold my lot.

The lines have fallen for me in

pleasant places;

indeed, I have a beautiful


I bless the LORD who gives

me counsel;

in the night also my heart

instructs me.

I have set the LORD always

before me;

because he is at my right

hand, I shall not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad, and

my whole being rejoices;

my flesh also dwells secure.

for you will not abandon my

soul to Sheol,

or let your holy one see


You make known to me

the path of life;

in your presence there is

fullness of joy;

at your right hand are

pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16 is a favorite of mine  because it reminds me that God, the creator of the universe who sent his dear son to live as a man, who then for the joy set before him endured the cross, so that I, a fallen one in need of a savior, could live, cares for me.  He holds my lot. He determines the boundaries of my life. He instructs me in the way I should go.

I don’t always feel secure or happy in that. I sometimes push the lines and try to create new boundaries. I ignore His presence and am ungrateful for the inheritance.  He always gently draws me back.  Woos me with His love.  Even when my faith wavers and doubts overcome I still some how know, when I quiet my heart, that He is there.  And I do then indeed take refuge in Him.

The world and some of the unpleasant circumstances of my life or others are a temptation to doubt God’s goodness towards me and even sometimes doubt His goodness at all.  I want to ask what possible good will come from this. Friends will remind me that all things work together for good for those who love Him. And I want to gag and say in my most adolescent voice “whatever”.  But when I listen to His word or the Spirit’s still small voice he makes known to me the path of life and reminds me that there is fulness of joy in His presence and pleasures forevermore.

Oh that I could grasp it always; the width and depth and length and breadth of His love. I believe Lord, help my unbelief.


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