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Read Psalm 16

Read Psalm 16

16            Protect me, O God; I trust in you for safety.
2     I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
all the good things I have come from you.”
3     How excellent are the Lord’s faithful people!
My greatest pleasure is to be with them.
4     Those who rush to other gods
bring many troubles on themselves.x I will not take part in their sacrifices;
I will not worship their gods.
5     You, Lord, are all I have,
and you give me all I need;
my future is in your hands.
6     How wonderful are your gifts to me;
how good they are!
7     I praise the Lord, because he guides me,
and in the night my conscience warns me.
8     I am always aware of the Lord’s presence;
he is near, and nothing can shake me.
9     And so I am thankful and glad,
and I feel completely secure,
10   because you protect me from the power of death.
I have served you faithfully,
and you will not abandon me to the world of the dead.
11   You will show me the path that leads to life;
your presence fills me with joy
and brings me pleasure for ever.


The Psalmist is very aware of the Lord’s guidance and presence.  Knowing that God is with him; that God has guided him he feels joyful and secure.


Lord, I really want you to guide me in the decisions that I make every day.  I really want to know your presence with me along the path – so that the path I follow would lead to life.

x Probable text Those ... themselves; Hebrew unclear.
8 16.8–11: Ac 2:25–28
9 16.8–11: Ac 2:25–28
10 16.10: Ac 13:35
16.8–11: Ac 2:25–28
11 16.10: Ac 13:35
16.8–11: Ac 2:25–28

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