Psalm 16 (New International Reader's Version)
1 God, keep me safe. I go to you for safety.
2 I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord. Without you, I don't have anything that is good."
3 God's people who live in our land are glorious. I take great delight in them.
4 Those who run after other gods will have nothing but trouble. I will not pour out offerings of blood to those gods. My lips will not speak their names.
5 Lord, everything you have given me is good. You have made my life secure.
6 I am very pleased with what you have given me. I am very happy with what I've received from you.
7 I will praise the Lord. He gives me good advice. Even at night my heart teaches me.
8 I know that the Lord is always with me. He is at my right hand. I will always be secure.
9 So my heart is glad. Joy is on my tongue. My body also will be secure.
10 You will not leave me in the grave. You will not let your faithful one rot away.
11 You always show me the path that leads to life. You will fill me with joy when I am with you. You will give me endless pleasures at your right hand.
In these verses, David meditates on his relationship with God. He rests in the knowledge that God cares and will always care for him. The picture is one of a close and intimate friend that brings safety, good things, joy, and guidance. You may have enjoyed this same type of closeness with a dear friend or parent.
Take a few minutes to think and meditate on these words; reflect on the picture it gives you in your mind. Seek comfort and rest in the Lord. As you think about the momentous and difficult events of the day, know that you can feel safe and secure in the loving arms of your Savior Jesus.
Photo of Zeke Clanton, from Juana Clanton's blog: Sweet Bedtime Prayers, April 13, 2011