This is a longer passage than normal – but I encourage you to read this!! I’ve bolded some parts I think are really great this morning.

Psalm 16
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.” 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.

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. 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.

What stands out to me this morning as I read this Psalm is how dependent David is on God. Without you “I have no good thing God.” What a powerful statement. “You alone are my portion and my cup” — in other words all I need and want is found in you. You are my safety. You are my security. You are my inheritance. When I am with you and leaning on you I cannot be shaken.

I want this kind of relationship with God. Don’t you? And what is beautiful about this is that it’s not about me striving, it’s about me receiving. He is offering this to each of us. But it is all to easy for us to learn to depend on everything else other than God. Part of his Psalm here is stating that he will not worship, or depend on, any other “god.” I have to fight this too. I want to go to God before I rely on myself, or money, or ability, or false security, or pleasure. There is so much more hope in leaning on God than all these other options.

Today, God is inviting you to choose again to put him first, to lean on him, to find your life in him alone. His love for you to boundless and he has all that you want and need. He will satisfy your heart, make you secure, and heal and strengthen and encourage you.

The end of this Psalm is a foreshadowing of Jesus. Because he did not “see decay” he has made the path of life and joy and eternity available to each of us. What a glorious inheritance we have in him! I hope this encourages you today as you fill your heart with the truth that HE ALONE is ALL WE NEED.

Author: Christian Dunn