Daily Worship


Katy Emslie-Smith April 25, 2017 0 0

Psalm 16

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 not 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 pleasures at your right hand.

This king, accustomed to the intrigue of politicking,

The ways of battle and war,

Acquainted with defeat, grief and shame,

Has found in his refuge with you, God,

Two elusive companions-

Contentment and security.

He is happy with his lot,

Delighted with anticipation of what lies ahead.

His nights are peaceful on the full satisfaction

Of hope.


Lord, as the shadow of the cross 

And the light of resurrection fall across this psalm,

We see our boundaries fall indeed in pleasant places

Marking the edge of perfect freedom.

We journey here on the path of life,

In your company, our lot and portion,

With your whispered blessing in our ear:



Secure and content,

We can sleep well on this.