Psalm 16 - Good News Translation – a miktam of David.
As our church buildings are about to re-open, this Psalm expresses the joys of a life lived in companionship with God and of being in the presence of the Lord’s faithful people, verse 3. By saying in verse 8 nothing can shake me, David is expressing the unique sense of security felt by believers. God does not exempt believers from day-to-day circumstances of life; we will still experience trouble, physical and emotional pain. But whereas unbelievers might have a sense of hopelessness about life, believers can move ahead confidently in God’s nearness. They know that God will keep them from being moved off his chosen path. David’s heart was glad, he had found the secret to joy. True joy goes much deeper than happiness. Happiness is dependent on external circumstances; true joy is based on God’s presence within us. As we understand the future He has in store for us, we will experience joy.
Thank you, Lord, that all the good things in my life come from you. I trust in you for my safety and security, knowing that through your nearness, you will warn and guide me to remain on the path that leads to life.
The knowledge of your presence fills me with joy, now and in eternity. Amen.
Hymns & Psalms 421, verse 1
How blest is life if lived for thee,
My loving Saviour and my Lord!
No pleasures that the world can give
Such perfect gladness can afford.