Psalm 16

A Michtam of David.

1 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.

 

This kind of reminds me of one of those old adventure stories where the average everyday person next door receives notice that their eccentric old relative has died and left them a treasure map.  The map is filled with clues that reference the wild stories that the relative would tell the person when they were a child sitting on the relative’s knee utterly enthralled with the tall tales.  Only in this version of the story, we are the person next door, and our eccentric relative is the Holy Spirit himself.  He has provided an inheritance for us that is very much a map to show us “the path of life” and if we let the map guide us we are led to “fullness of joy” and “pleasures forevermore”.  Not saying that the path laid out on the map will be easy, quite the contrary.  The way to the treasure is filled with traps and dangerous bandits that will try to stop us from receiving our full inheritance.  That is why we need to study every detail of the map carefully, because it tells us how to avoid the bandits and disable the traps.  Therefore, let your heart be glad and rest in hope.  Follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit and you will find your rightful inheritance.

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