Psalm 16:3 “As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.”
[You, Heavenly Father, made us saints when we were born again. You qualified us to be partakers in the Kingdom of light. You have made us glorious in Jesus and you delight in us, despite what we are naturally—rebellious, unbelieving, selfish and proud. To you we have become a new creation in Christ, welcomed with joy into your presence, delightful, rejoiced over and treasured. In you we can rest securely, knowing that you have accepted us fully, finally, faithfully. It is in you alone that we are safe: safety is not the absence of danger but the presence of Jesus.]
Psalm 16:4 “The sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods.”
[Every other god is false (the gods of every religion, along with the gods of comfort, power, materialism, politics and business, sex and entertainment, getting my way and controlling others). Each one is an illusion and leads only to disappointment, bondage, oppression and darkness—the opposite of what you bring, Lord, for you are Light, Love and Truth, you bring freedom, joy and peace as well as grace and goodness. You are the opposite of all other gods, you are the only One worthy of worship.]
“I will not pour out their libations of blood or take up their names on my lips.”
[I must avoid involvement in any way with these other gods, not offering them any acknowledgement or worship, time or affection; I must not put any hope in them. I must not give them any credence or credit, but look only to you, Lord Jesus, the Creator, Sustainer and Ender of all, the only true Hope there is.]
Psalm 16:5 “LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;”
[All I have comes from you, O Holy God: my position, my provision, my protection, my portion. And what you give is good: my body, my brains, my boundaries, my bonds, my bounty; whatever they appear to be from a human perspective, they are good and I will praise you for them.]
“you have made my lot secure.”
[You, Lord, are the God of power and authority. Only you can give security: whatever you choose to protect will be untouched by the enemy; whatever you allow to be attacked will be used for good, no matter how unpleasant it may be.
I can rest in the security of your salvation and the certainty of your powerful protection. Whatever may happen, positive or negative, pleasant or painful, I can rest in your great and endless power and perfection, knowing you will weave all into your great plan for the end of sin, evil and time, and to sweep as many as possible into your Kingdom.
To you be glory and honor today, Lord. May praise and thanksgiving continually well up in my mind and spill off my lips. May the light of your love shine from my being, may you be lifted up in my actions and reactions, my attitude and speech. May praise be the keynote of my life today, may the darkness of complaining and discontent, grumbling and negativeness be swept away in the brightness of your presence so you may have more glory before both the unseen hosts and visible folks.]