Psalm 16: Security in the Lord's Presence
miktam of David.
Comments: A ‘writing' [it is suggested] of David in
which he again asks for the Lord's protection [v.1], recognises
the wonder of his relationship with the Lord [v.2], how he is
blessed by other believers [v.3] – while rejecting unbelievers
[v.4] – and indeed how that relationship means he is secure [v.5].
The end result is that he is in a good place [v.6] in the presence
of the Lord who teaches him [v.7] and so, knowing this, he keeps
his focus on the Lord confirming that security [v.8] in which
he can rejoice [v.9] and receive protection from his life coming
under threat [v.10]. Thus he knows life, joy and pleasure in the
Lord [v.11]. He may be conscious of potential threats [v.1] but
ultimately all else in the psalm confirms he is secure in knowing
A Request for protection
me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
A Declaration of confidence in the Lord
say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
He affirms he is blessed by the other believers in the land
say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all
By contrast he will have nothing to do with idol worshippers
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.
God is his central focus and thus he is secure
you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
His home, his location, is a blessing
boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
In that place God is with him and teaches him
will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
He has learned to keep his eyes on the Lord and that means he
keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not
With all this he rejoices in his security
my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
He has learned that this security means his life is not threatened
you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see
His walk with the Lord brings life, joy and pleasure
make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Thoughts: The world around us may present us with threats,
but when we walk closely with the Lord we become more aware of
his protective presence. Rather like the old hymn used to say,
your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace,
the fears of the earth grow strangely dim when we know His protective
presence with us.]
to Psa 17