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1 (Michtam of David.) Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;

3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.

5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

8 I have set 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 glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Commentary for Psalms 16

This psalm begins with expressions of devotion, which may be applied to Christ; but ends with such confidence of a resurrection, as must be applied to Christ, and to him only.

- David flees to God's protection, with cheerful, believing confidence. Those who have avowed that the Lord is their Lord, should often put themselves in mind of what they have done, take the comfort of it, and live up to it. He devotes himself to the honour of God, in the service of the saints. Saints on earth we must be, or we shall never be saints in heaven. Those renewed by the grace of God, and devoted to the glory of God, are saints on earth. The saints in the earth are excellent ones, yet some of them so poor, that they needed to have David's goodness extended to them. David declares his resolution to have no fellowship with the works of darkness; he repeats the solemn choice he had made of God for his portion and happiness, takes to himself the comfort of the choice, and gives God the glory of it. This is the language of a devout and pious soul. Most take the world for their chief good, and place their happiness in the enjoyments of it; but how poor soever my condition is in this world, let me have the love and favour of God, and be accepted of him; let me have a title by promise to life and happiness in the future state; and I have enough. Heaven is an inheritance; we must take that for our home, our rest, our everlasting good, and look upon this world to be no more ours, than the country through which is our road to our Father's house. Those that have God for their portion, have a goodly heritage. Return unto thy rest, O my soul, and look no further. Gracious persons, though they still covet more of God, never covet more than God; but, being satisfied of his loving-kindness, are abundantly satisfied with it: they envy not any their carnal mirth and delights. But so ignorant and foolish are we, that if left to ourselves, we shall forsake our own mercies for lying vanities. God having given David counsel by his word and Spirit, his own thoughts taught him in the night season, and engaged him by faith to live to God.

Verses #8-11|, are quoted by St. Peter in his first sermon, after the pouring out of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, #Ac 2:25-31|; he declared that David in them speaks concerning Christ, and particularly of his resurrection. And Christ being the Head of the body, the church, these verses may be applied to all Christians, guided and animated by the Spirit of Christ; and we may hence learn, that it is our wisdom and duty to set the Lord always before us. And if our eyes are ever toward God, our hearts and tongues may ever rejoice in him. Death destroys the hope of man, but not the hope of a real Christian. Christ's resurrection is an earnest of the believer's resurrection. In this world sorrow is our lot, but in heaven there is joy, a fulness of joy; our pleasures here are for a moment, but those at God's right hand are pleasures for evermore. Through this thy beloved Son, and our dear Saviour, thou wilt show us, O Lord, the path of life; thou wilt justify our souls now, and raise our bodies by thy power at the last day; when earthly sorrow shall end in heavenly joy, pain in everlasting happiness.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 16

  • Mild Bill
    "seek ye first the kingdom of God,and his righteousness""For they being ignorant of God's righteousness,and going about to establish their own righteousness,have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.""For he hath made him to be sin for us,who knew no sin;that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."Believers have imputed righteousness by faith.The work is of Christ only
  • Allen
    David is saying have no faith in false gods. Look only to the God the creator he will look after you put your faith in him. our faith in him brings his faith in us.

  • A disciple
    "Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust." There's a lot of practical understanding of life that is made light of, under a misconception of what is a spiritual life. e.g.; so much of what David wrote has to do with our life in the world; such as it is; with the lessons conveying the spiritual message. If this life is really so unimportant why does Jesus heal the sick, and raise the dead?
  • Atta Oppong Boahen
    The Lord is good all the time...is good. The flesh lust against the spirit and vice versa. This conflict is fueled by the deception of unseen Spiritual forces. The Bible says that humans in nature wrestle not against flesh and blood, but the forces in the atmosphere and around that wants to turn people from the truth. These forces known as the old serpent deceives many that God does not exist
  • A disciple
    Mild Bill; Hello Brother! I too knew a young man once, who by his own selfishness, stupidity and indolence was driven by his sins to the very brink of destruction; but the Saviour found him and saved him from his sins! The message was clear and by an audible voice; You are not fit for the presence of God! And he knew that if he didn't repent it would be hell for sure! The Lord Jesus is my Saviour!
  • Mild Bill
    There is not a 16th, of any month that goes by, when I do not remember that Almighty God, on this day, interceded for me specifically, to "maintain my lot" in this world. I will never forget he saved me and loves me, though I am an unworthy sinner, he is faithful to his word and work. " knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentence?" Romans 2:4
  • Jed pydanna
    trust hope and faith in God and he will be your personal protector while we face daily challenges. amen
  • G.RAJKUMAR
    when every thing not works for you only God works for you because you are his son / daughter. when a son fully depend on his father, father pleases in him earthly fathers some time may leave you but the real Father who died for you will not forsake you. trust him to day he will rescue you from all dangers. because you are his property.Like you watch your property he watch his property.amen

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Psalm 16:1 says, 'Preserve me, O God, for in thee I' what?
  • Find my strength
  • Find love
  • Spend my days
  • Put my trust