Fullness of Joy
December 2, 2007
INTRODUCTION: This is one of the Messianic Psalms. It was written by David during his exile period. Driven from his material inheritance, he claims God Himself as the true portion. As David ponders his fate, he looks above (1-2), around (3-4), within (5-6), and beyond (9-11). This psalm, as does many others, begins with prayer, implies trouble, abounds in holy confidence, and closes with assurance.
Psalm 16, along with Psalms 56-60, is referred to as a Michtam psalm. All were written during the time of David's rejection. These psalms are described in various ways; some think it comes from a word meaning to engrave, or sculptural writing. The thought would be that here something is preserved that should never be forgotten. W.W. Wiersbe says that Ps. 16:11 is his favorite verse (life verse). Each of the psalms, 16, 56-60, preserve the thought of resurrection. Some think it refers to a psalm of hidden, mysterious meaning or a golden psalm. Michtam suggests that the psalm was one of David's golden meditations, dealing with truth so significant it should be preserved forever, although originally a personal, private meditation.
Let's view this psalm as to what it meant to David.
I. PRAYER FOR THE LORD'S PROTECTION. 1-4
A. EXPRESSION OF TRUST. 1
"for in You I put my trust" – that is no new or sudden action. It has been going on for some time and has now become a habit. There is such a thing as crying to God in a moment of trouble or danger, and then neglecting and forgetting Him when things are going all right.
This was a Complete Trust
This was a Consistent Trust
This was a Constant Trust
"Preserve me" – (keep me safe) doesn't suggest that David was in trouble or danger. It simply means that he needed God's constant care and oversight so that he might honor God.
David uses 3 words for God in v.1-2
God the Creator; omnipotent, the all-powerful One; stand ...
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