You Are My Hope

Scripture Reading

Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.

I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.

Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
Because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.

You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
(Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11)

Scripture Study

16:1 The Hebrew word used here, shamar, means “to guard” or “to keep watch over” (Josh 10:18; 1 Sam 19:11).

16:2 The psalmist finds contentment and sufficiency in Yahweh. The psalmist of Psalm 73 makes a similar statement in response to the prosperity of the wicked (73:25).

16:5 The Hebrew word used here, menath, describes a person’s allotment. The psalmist is saying Yahweh is sufficient to meet any need (Ps 73:26; Lam 3:24). In Ecclesiastes, the ability to accept one’s portion is a gift of God (Eccl 5:19).

16:8 Indicating special blessing (Gen 48:17–20). I will not be shaken The Hebrew word mot means “to sway” and expresses a lack of security and safety.

16:10 In Acts, both Peter and Paul apply this passage to Jesus as a prophecy of His resurrection (Acts 2:24–36; 13:34–39). Sheol The Hebrew word she’ol is used here.

16:11 The person who takes refuge in Yahweh knows life and joy. By finding satisfaction in Yahweh and not pursuing other gods (Ps 16:4–6), the psalmist is blessed by Yahweh’s protection and instruction (vv. 7–8).

Scripture Reflection

Trust is first of all the relationship that determines all else about a person. The psalmist confesses, “You are my Lord” The reverse of that confession is, “I am your servant.” The psalmist knows himself as a person who belongs to another. As servant of the LORD, he receives the goodness that comes to him in life as coming from no other source than his lord. Because he belongs to the LORD, he is confident that his needs will be met.

Trust is monotheistic, not pluralistic. The psalmist’s commitment to the LORD is exclusive. He enacts the first commandment in his life. For him, there is no other God. The holy and mighty deities whom others in the land worship are a source of troubles, not joy, and he does not recognize them or participate in their worship. Trust takes the very relation to God itself as the greatest benefit of the LORD’s way with the servants of God.

– James Mays

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.