A Miktam of David.
(1)Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.
(2)I say to the LORD, "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing."
(3)I say of the holy people who are in the land,
"They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight."
(4)Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.
(5)LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.
(6)The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
(7)I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.
(8)I keep my eyes always on the LORD.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
(9)Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,
(10)because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
(11)You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasure at your right hand.
The Miktam/Michtam title is found in six psalms (16, 56-60) and is commonly understood to mean "golden." Although I did read that others say the Hebrew word Miktam means "to cover," like to cover one's mouth with a secret. What if we put the two ideas together and conclude that this is a golden nugget of a psalm that David secretly treasured in his heart.
John Piper says this, "the main point of Psalm 16, at least as I understand it, is this:
David spent the first seven verses petitioning God to "preserve me."
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. V1
In verse 8, David then claims this preservation. Even though David seems to be struggling and begging for help, his confidence in the Lord is unshakable.
Does that happen to you? It does to me, sometimes.
When you're presenting a request or a worry or fear before the Lord, do your knees wobble sometimes? Are you unsure if you should even ask this or if He really even cares? Do you stand before Him uncertainly at first, but like a good father, as you share and give and let go, you can stand up a little straighter because of His great love?
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (NIV)
Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. (ESV)
David's psalms are often like this: a worry, a petition, a fear shared is turned to confidence in the goodness and faithfulness of God--regardless of the outcome.
But what exactly is David so worried about in this psalm?
Verse 8 says, "I've got my eyes on God. He is right here beside me, and I am confident in him."
Then John Piper says this about verse 9,
"this confidence that he will not be shaken, but will be preserved, leads to a great 'therefore' of joy. 'Therefore, my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices.'"
And remember, just like you don't have to wait on hold to talk to God here on earth,
...no lines in heaven!
...no lines in heaven!
Heavenly Father, thank you for this psalm of gold. Thank you for the Bible and that we can learn so much about You and Your heart and Your great love for us through the stories of old. Thank you that we can have a relationship with You while we are here on earth that will continue eternally. Sometimes we do not understand what that means. Help us to have faith in Your promises. Heal our land, protect our loved ones, and strengthen Your church.