Psalm 16: You Will Not Abandon My Soul

Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions. Be comfortably alert, still, and at peace. Recite the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.

1.         A “mitkam” of David, and the word has a musical connotation but unknown to us now. But King David is the author of this incredible piece of poetry.

2.         It seems David is under considerable pressure, and this might be at the time when he had to flee from Saul and escape to the Philistines on the Mediterranean coast—former and present enemies of Israel.

3.         His first words, “preserve me” indicates the trouble he is in. And he knows who is His LORD, and that he is safe.

4.         David is aware of the great contrast between those who are the saints or holy ones and those who run after other gods. Though hounded, the “excellent ones” belong to the LORD, and the “sorrows” of the pagans multiply.

5.         Despite it all, David knows he has a “beautiful inheritance” and he receives good counsel and that at night, his heart, or his conscience, instructs him.

6.         Thus David knows he will not be shaken since the LORD is always with him. He will not be shaken.

7.         David had every reason to be down and discouraged, but in his inner being, his heart, he rejoices and does so out loud as the phrase “whole being” is best rendered “tongue.”

8.         Whatever happens to him, even death from his enemies, he will not be abandoned to Sheol, or the Pit. This is a way of speaking of life eternal away from the Creator God.

9.         Right in the midst of this comes a prophetic word about the resurrection of Jesus, “or let you holy one see corruption.”

10.       Indeed, for David, and for all of us who trust in our LORD, there is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore.”

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