Psalm 16: Safe in God’s Hands

After putting our trust in him, why would we need to ask God to keep us safe?

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Psalm 16:1 A song of David.
Keep me safe, O God, for I have put all my trust in you.
King James
Psalm 16:1 <Michtam of David.> Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

What is the value of saying, “I am nothing”?

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Psalm 16:2 From the depth of my being, I say to God, You are my Lord. Without you, I am nothing.
John 3:29–30 At a wedding, the groom gets married. The attendant only stands with him, glad to listen and do anything he asks. My joy is complete as he becomes greater and I become less.
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Psalm 16:2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
John 3:29–30 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease.

Why are godly people a pleasure to be with? When might that not be true?

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Psalm 16:3–4 The godly people on Earth are wonderful, a pleasure to be with.
Those who worship idols will have many sorrows. I will never make sacrifices to share their worship.
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Psalm 16:3–4 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight. Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.

Why do we think we have needs apart from God? What might those needs be?

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Psalm 16:5 You’re all I want, Lord. You take care of my needs.
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Psalm 16:5 The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

How are God’s boundaries both restrictive and liberating?

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Psalm 16:6 I love the boundaries you have set for me, such a beautiful place.
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Psalm 16:6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

How do we see in the darkness or hear when there’s so much noise around?

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Psalm 16:7–9 Thank you, Lord, for your guidance. In the darkness, you speak to my heart and show me the way.
The presence of the Lord is always on my mind. With him leading the way, I will not slip up, so I rejoice with my whole being, my hope resting in him.
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Psalm 16:7–9 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

With the busyness of life, how do we keep the Lord on our minds all the time?

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Psalm 16:8–9 The presence of the Lord is always on my mind. With him leading the way, I will not slip up, so I rejoice with my whole being, my hope resting in him.
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Psalm 16:8–9 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

What are our greatest reasons to rejoice in the Lord? Why might we not be inclined to rejoice?

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Psalm 16:8–9 The presence of the Lord is always on my mind. With him leading the way, I will not slip up, so I rejoice with my whole being, my hope resting in him.
King James
Psalm 16:8–9 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

Why should we not fear death? What reasons might we have to fear death?

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Psalm 16:10 You will not abandon me in death nor will you allow your Holy One’s body to decay.
John 11:25–26 Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even if they have died, and those who are living and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
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Psalm 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
John 11:25–26 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

What makes it difficult to live under God’s guidance? What makes it easy?

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Psalm 16:11 Lord, you will show me how to live. In your presence, I experience overflowing joy. Walking with you, I enjoy pleasures that last forever.
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Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.