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Psalm 16: Thoughts and Study

Psalm 16 – 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.

This psalm is powerful. It is a personal hymn of JOY that focuses on the goodness of God. The personal pronoun “my” is used over and over by David.

  • My Trust
  • My Lord
  • My goodness
  • My delight
  • My cup
  • My inheritance
  • My Lot
  • My glory
David wasn’t saying this though because he was so focused on himself. No! David is full of gladness and finds his delight only in the Lord and confesses that everything good in his life has come from God.

In this scripture I see many promises of God:

  • We see that He will direct our paths. He will guide us if we need guidance. He will put us on the path to seeing His perfect Will accomplished in our lives. He will show us how to walk this walk so that we look like Him; so that we have LIFE.
  • We see that He will counsel and preserve us; we can trust Him.
  • That when Jesus Christ is your Savior, your REFUGE, Your Lord…that you will experience God’s GOODNESS even in the midst of trials.
  • That with the Lord beside us we can STAND. That we can find not just JOY but FULLNESS of JOY in His Presence.
This is what I see at first look at this Scripture….


But then in study I found something else that is quite remarkable to me. Psalm is quoted in the New Testament in three different places.

Paul quoted Psalm 16 in Acts 13 (Acts 13:35). Paul, who had encounter with Jesus Christ that changed him from being one of the most zealous persecutor of Christians (he was a religious terrorist) but he was changed by Jesus Christ into a man on FIRE for God but a humble, powerful witness.

In Acts 2 we see recorded that Peter used this Psalm in two places (Acts 2:25-28; 31) in his sermon on the day of Pentecost. When 3000 were added to the church. Oftentimes when I speak I have to fight the urge to look for something new and different to say; something you haven’t heard before. But Peter shows us the very truth that there is no human word that can ever be said that is more powerful than THE WORD; the Word of God that is scripture. 3000 people turned to Jesus Christ and were saved, which brought about a revolution in the Roman Empire.

What did THEY see in this Psalm that they quoted in their sermons and that is written in our Bibles and hearts that created such change and revolutions? It’s remarkable really!


In verse 8 we have the LIFE of Christ. READ ABOVE. THAT was the pathway that JESUS followed down here, and it is the pathway that we are to follow. Jesus said in John 5:19 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. He did what He saw the Father do. That is how He also wants to guide us. Don’t you thank Jesus for coming here as a man to show us how to live this life? Because how else would we know!!!! But because he did – we can know! How to live! How to die! How to pray! etc…

In verse 9 we have the DEATH of Jesus. READ ABOVE. He died there upon the cross, knowing that God would raise Him from the dead. You can have that same KNOWING. Colossians 1:27 says 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 of glory.

Then we have the resurrection of Jesus Christ in verse 10. READ ABOVE.

And verse 11 we have the ascension of Christ. READ ABOVE. At the right hand of the Father sits JESUS. Romans 8:34 says It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the righthand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Isn’t it a comfort to know that He is there praying for your needs? The same needs that you call us with and we pray for here, He is praying for you too! We are joining with Him and taking your petition to the Father.

The Bible says in Ephesians 5 to be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; And in Colossians 3: 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

So when we sing the scripture of Psalm 16:11: this is WHAT we sing of, and WHY we sing it; WHO we sing of and WHO we sing to –

Psalm 16:11