Psalm 16


I have not had a great morning. Today is one of those days when I would rather put my kids on a bus and not have to deal with arguments or math or PE. Rather than give in, I fight it. I have to fight that urge to be selfish, to do whatever I want to do. I have to do what’s right considering my current responsibilities. So, I take a few moments to meditate on this psalm and pray. It’s true that right actions lead to right feelings, that doing what’s right ends up helping me feel better.

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.

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5 thoughts on “Psalm 16

  1. I hear ya!Good for you for making those emotions follow the truth instead of the other way around. I admit I loose that battle all too often.I also like the poem "Do the Next Thing". If helps me in a very similar way.

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  2. Thank you for your vulnerability, Leslie. This is one of my favorite Psalms. May the Joy and pleasure of His presence overwhelm you (and me) the rest of the day!

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  3. I will pray for you Leslie! Thank you so much for sharing this psalm. We haven't really started school yet, but once we do, I know that I have days like you are describing. I think I'll print Psalm 16 out and put it in my planner. (Thanks for the recommendation BTW. I just got my planner last week and LOVE it!)

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  4. Thanks, Christina! Are you talking about the Well-Planned Day Planner? I got mine a week or two ago, too. It's great. I only wish that I had room for more subjects. It's working for me, though, so I shouldn't complain. Glad you love it!!

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