Psalm 16

The closing verses of this psalm are quoted by Peter in his sermon on the Day of Pentecost as applying to the resurrection of Jesus. It is not clear if verses 1-7 apply to Jesus or to David (although I would say that verse 2 indicates it was David).

Ask God for protection today: ‘Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge’ (verse 1).

Confess your faults to the Lord:,’I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you”’ (verse 2).

Tell God that you love his people: ‘As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight’ (verse 3).

Affirm To God your determination not to imitate sinners: ‘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’ (verse 4).

Thank God for his salvation: ‘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 inheritance’ (verses 5-6).

Thank God for being your instructor, even at unusual times: ‘I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me’ (verse 7).

Thank God for the dedication of Jesus: ‘I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken’ (verse 8).

Remember the confidence of Jesus: ‘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 corruption’ (verses 9-10).

Think of the heaven to where Jesus has gone: ‘You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore’ (verse 11). 

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