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Monday Musings on Psalm 16

October 3, 2013

Psalm 16:11

In my time of Holy Scripture and prayer with the Lord on Monday, I read these words from Psalm 16:

1 Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.’

3 As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,
in whom is all my delight.

4 Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;
their drink-offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names upon my lips.

5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
I have a goodly heritage.

7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
8 I keep the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
my body also rests secure.
10 For you do not give me up to Sheol,
or let your faithful one see the Pit.

11 You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

As I spent time reflecting, my heart broke forth into the paraphrase of Psalm 16 embedded below, which is a song that has stirred my heart since my teenage years.

I also thought of how the attitude of heart expressed in Psalm 16 is embodied in Joni Eareckson Tada, whom I quoted in my sermon on September 29. Joni has inspired me, ever since I read her book A Step Further as a young Christian in 1979, by her joyous trust in God in the midst of living with quadriplegia, and more recently chronic pain and cancer.

Embedded below are 3 videos about her. The words I quoted from Joni are included in my “Incumbent’s Message” in this month’s issue of Living Waters, which we’ll be handing out after our October 6 Services. 

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