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Psalm 16.

Reading: Psalm 16.

• Is a song of confidence,

• And in the final verses David prophesies the resurrection of Jesus.

(1). A Prayer (verse 1-3)

“Keep me safe, O God,

for in you I take refuge.

I said to the LORD , "You are my Lord;

apart from you I have no good thing.

3 As for the saints who are in the land,

they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight”.

Quote: The Norwegian theologian Ole Hallesby gives a good definition of prayer

• “To pray is nothing more involved that to let Jesus into our needs.

• To pray is to give Jesus permission to employ His powers in the alleviation of our distress.”


(1). Safety.

“Keep me safe, O God,

for in you I take refuge.


The story is told of a monastery in Portugal:

• That is perched high on a 3,000 foot cliff;

• It is only accessible by a terrifying ride in a swaying basket.

• The basket is pulled with a single rope by several strong men,

• Who as you can imagine perspire heavily under the strain of the fully loaded basket.

• One American tourist who visited the site got nervous halfway up the cliff;

• When he noticed that the rope was old and frayed.

• Hoping to relieve his fear he asked, “How often do you change the rope?”

• The monk in charge replied, “Whenever it breaks!”

David the Psalmist:

• Was trusting in a refuge that would never break or need changing.

• That refuge was God himself.

• The word ‘Refuge’ is a favourite expression with David;

• One he uses again and again in his Psalms (see Psalms 7 verse 1 and 11 verse 1).


• Market stall;

• Shelter from the storm.


Remember from our studies, he spent many years ‘on the run’ from King Saul:

• So he knew what it was to be hunted, in danger and homeless.

• For David to have a refuge both physically and spiritually was an important thing.


• John A. Shedd:

• “A ship in harbour is safe—but that is not what ships are for”.

David’s experience of God is as a ‘refuge’;

• That was not learned in a classroom or in a Church building;

• But had been proved in the difficult storms of life.

Quote: Chinese Proverb:

“Experience is a comb that nature give us when we are bald.”

• I don’t know if David was receding or bold;

• But he had every right to be!

(2). Security (verse 2).

“I said to the LORD , "You are my Lord;

apart from you I have no good thing."

David’s experience of God was not long- distance:

• It is up close and personal; “You are MY God”,

• He trusts God because he knows God.

• Those isolated nights looking after sheep as a Shepherd boy;

• Were not wasted, he had used them to get to know his God!

• Ill: Proof of that is this book of songs called Psalms;

• Written evidence of his relationship with God.


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