Friday, July 7, 2023

Psalm 16, David's Joy

A miktam of David.

Keep me safe, my God,

    for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;

    apart from you I have no good thing.”

I say of the holy people who are in the land,

    “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”

Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.

    I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods

    or take up their names on my lips.

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;

    you make my lot secure.

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

    surely I have a delightful inheritance.

I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;

    even at night my heart instructs me.

I keep my eyes always on the Lord.

    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;

    my body also will rest secure,


because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,

    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.


You make known to me the path of life;

    you will fill me with joy in your presence,

    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.


David talks of joy and pleasure, and he shows the reasons he has these things.


He asks God to keep him safe. He chooses to put his focus on God and to seek his counsel. He praises God and believes that his Lord walks by his side.


In many other Psalms, David speaks of his sorrows and troubles. Even so, with God directing his path, he expects good. 


  1. You can always count on God to give us the best outcome for our lives. God says we have not because we ask not. He also says we don't get some things because we ask amiss. Either way, He knows best for us. Thanks for David's example, Kathy.

  2. I just read in my devotional that God is always with us; we just need to keep iur eyes on him. Pam