This Psalm Is A Profoundly Intimate Expression Of Faith!

Our prayers are the expression of our deepest needs, of our most profound hopes, and of our faith in a God who listens and answers us out of a personal and infinite love. Psalm 16 is a profoundly intimate expression of faith. David’s prayer here overflows with joy at the realization of God’s loving presence. It is a song arising from humble gratitude.

We, like David, look to the Lord for our safety. He is our refuge in times of trouble and stress. In the grace of faith, we too have come to know that God, alone, is the source and the goal of all that is good. God was, is, and always will be our “portion and our cup.” In him we will always be secure. Like David, because of our faith in God, we can greet each new day as a gift, even when we are seemingly being crushed by the weight of worldly troubles. And, if we remain steadfast in faith, God’s generous graces will help us endure, even to rise above our suffering. With a deep faith in God, we can live fearless lives, despite the travails that come our way.

We do not put our faith in worldly gods. Rather, like David, we say to God, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” (verse 2) It is to him, alone, that we turn for counsel and beneficial instruction. Like David, we know that if we keep our eyes on the Lord at all times, we too can say, “With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (verse 8)

Unlike David, As Christians, we have seen God’s love manifested in the flesh. The Lord made his loving presence known to us in Jesus. The mercy that God had promised through all the prophets of old, was fulfilled in Jesus and, yes, “our hearts are glad and our tongues rejoice.” (verse 9) We can pray this prayer of David with renewed assurance because Jesus, the eternal sacrifice that conquered sin and death once and for all, has come.

Lord, you have made yourself known to us intimately in Jesus. Help us now to listen humbly to your counsel and you instruction in the depths of our consciences. Enter us; sweep our souls clean. Let us open our minds humbly to the light of your wisdom that it may push away the darkness of our ignorance. Help us to always turn toward your good counsel. Give us courageous hearts so that we may joyfully live our public and our private lives in ways that honor your love for us. We pray these things believing in the power of the name, Jesus. Amen!

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.
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