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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

  • Antera Lopez
    Amen I confess and declare the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is LORD. GOD. THE MESSIAH. THE CHRIST. THE RISEN LORD INDEED. JESUS IS THE ALPHA AND OMEGA. THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. PRAISE BE TO JESUS CHRIST. amen I confess and declare that Jesus is my LORD. JESUS IS LORD
  • BSP
    Verse 11~Jehovah God is the happy God and is the true source of all lasting happiness.
  • Rosie wilson
    I though v 16:16 was David speaking, is it David or Jesus speaking.
  • BSP
    Verse 7~Sometimes we don't get the meaning of the words spoken to us and we need to meditate on what was said to us. Often during the night is when our mind can reflect on what was said or done to us during the day.
  • Kurt Chapoell
    Thank you God for all you have done (and are doing) for mankind. Our time is great, as born again through Jesus. We know and entrust your prophets messages for our lives. This passage speaks strongly of Jesus coming as King David foretold. I’m a great sinner and love Jesus and God for salvation. And King David could be our first Christian, to know and learn from!
  • Steve morrow
    COLOSSIANS 1:28 to whom GOD would make known what is the riches of the glory --OF THIS MYSTERY-- among the gentiles --- WHICH IS CHRIST IN YOU --- the hope and glory 2 CORINTHIANS 13:3 SINCE YOU SEEK A PROOF OF CHRIST SPEAKING IN ME WHICH TO YOU WARD IS NOT WEAK BUT IS MIGHTY IN YOU --JOHN 6:63-- it is the spirit that quickeneth the flesh profiteth nothing --- THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK --- unto you they are spirit and they are life GALATIANS 4:19 my little children of whom I travail in birth again until CHRIST be formed in you ROMANS 8:9 but you are not in the flesh but in the spirit if so be the spirit of GOD dwell in you now if any man have not --- THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST --- he is none of his
  • Rhonda Bogan
    Eric Sweeney In agreement! There's nothing greater than being on the Lord's side! God shall lead, guide, keep and protect Us Always! We Always Win With God On Our Side!!! Glory To God of our salvation, Whom Shall We Fear The Lord Is The Strength Of Our Lives! Praise JESUS
  • 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

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Psalm 16:1 says, 'Preserve me, O God, for in thee I' what?
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