Whenever I need a reminder of the life that God offers, the blessings that are in life with God, and the ways in which God works in my life, one of the places I turn to is Psalm 16. That relatively short psalm provides perspective and restores hope whenever both are running low in my life.
Psalm 16 also reminds me that the life I most want is in God, and that life is predicated on me choosing God. When David, the author of Psalm 16, says of God, “You are my Lord,” he is making a deliberate choice. And as David shows in the psalm, the choice to follow God is also a choice to un-follow any other “god” that vies for our attention and affection
But every time I read Psalm 16 I think to myself, “Why would I not choose God?”
As you read this psalm, I hope you are also inspired to follow God more deeply and proclaim, “You are my Lord.”
A miktam[a] of David.
1 Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
3 I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
4 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.
5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful[b] one see decay.
11 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.