Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.”
As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight.
The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names on my lips.
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16 describes a relationship based on God’s covenant. It is often compared to the covenant husbands and wives make on their wedding day when they exchange vows and agree “to have and to hold” one another forever. Essentially, they promise to never abandon one another. God has a covenant relationship with those who say to the Lord, “You are my Lord” and choose to set the Lord before them. Those who try to find good apart from God by going after other gods have multiple sorrows. But God will not abandon the soul’s of those who firmly trust that the Lord is their chosen portion. Moreover, saints know the path of life and rejoice in their Lord’s provision, promises and presence.
In his epistles, Paul includes prayers for the saints in the churches he started. Paul wrote the following to reassure the church in Ephesus that the love of God is so vast they will never be abandoned by the Lord.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. ~Ephesians 3:14-19
May you and I, as saints, respond to the fullness of God’s love by rejoicing in the precious covenant relationship we have with the Lord.
Blessed are you, O Lord, who is my Lord.