Read | 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.
Respond | Gabrielle Dearduff
The psalmist describes complete security with the Lord. In body, mind, heart, and spirit, the psalmist knows the joy of God’s presence. This joy is found in both trouble and safety. The psalmist’s tone is steady and sure, as the psalmist recognizes the best of life is with God. The amazing thing is that God also chooses us and calls us heirs. Take heart! We are beloved children of God. We can rest secure in the joy of the Lord.
Jesus, you know us and you love us. You strengthen us with your joy so that we can face each day. Amen.