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26th Oct 2021

The Pleasant Portion

Psalm 16 is a Michtam (golden) of David – a special precious song of praise.
This psalm has been entitled the song of the golden secret.
David worships & blesses the Lord for being his Protection, Portion & Praise.
David’s strong confidence in the Lord can be ours too.

Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.

2 O my soul, you have said to the Lord,
“You are my Lord,
My goodness is nothing apart from You.”

3 As for the saints who are on the earth,
“They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.”

4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god;
Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,
Nor take up their names on my lips.

5 O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You maintain my lot.

6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Yes, I have a good inheritance.

7 I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel;
My heart also instructs 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 rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.

10 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.

11 You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16 NKJV

David expresses his confidence in the Lord in two sections of the Psalm. (verses 1-4 & 7-8).
In the other two sections David reflects upon his experiences of the life of faith (verses 5-6 & 9-11).
This psalm is one of the places in the Old Testament where we get a glimpse of resurrection life.
In both life & death David has strong confidence in the Lord.

My Protection

The Lord is a refuge, safe place & shelter for His people.
God is our maker, mediator & master.
He alone is the one who helps us make sense of the human experience & life itself.
In life & death God alone is the One who can be fully trusted.

My Portion

David refers to the Lord as his prize, pleasure & portion.
God’s ways are the paths to pleasant places.
The privileges of relationship with God lead to blessing in life.
Covenant blessings & promises flowing freely from the Lord to His people.
The Lord’s children have a glorious inheritance – both now & for all eternity.

My Praise

David gives thanks for the Lord’s goodness, grace & fatherly instruction.
The Lord provides security in life & protection in death.
The Lord’s presence is with us always – in life & through death.
The sheer joy & delight of God’s presence can be experienced eternally.

For Reflection

  • In what ways am I experiencing the joy of the Lord’s presence right now?
  • Where are the lines & boundaries falling to me in pleasant places?
  • Meditate on the glorious inheritance of the Lord for His people.

A song related to this theme:


Lord God & Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You are my protection, prize, portion, pleasure & praise,
That You are ever my refuge & security.
Thank you that in Your presence is pleasure & delight,
That you constantly lead me to pleasant places.
Thank you that You are ever with me,
In life & through death,
May You ever be my praise.
In Jesus mighty name,

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