Reading the Word
Psalm 16:1–6 (ESV)
1 Preserve 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 saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. 4 The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips. 5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. 6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
Understanding and Applying the Word
At the end of the day, everyone trusts in something, even if it is themselves. This psalm speaks of those who chase after other gods besides the one true God. These can be the false gods of other religions or the things that we make gods because we elevate them to a godly status in our hearts. These would include things like money, power, fame, or pleasure. But these false gods will fail. In the end, they can only bring sorrow and disappointment.
Let us not chase after the gods of this world, but let us take refuge in the Lord. Let us commit ourselves to him and say with the psalmist “the Lord is my chosen portion and my cup.” He is a great God. The one true God. And his promises never fail. In him we find the fulfillment that our hearts long for.
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