So, then, what’s going on with verses 3 and 4? A miktam # Title: Probably a literary or musical term of David. O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; i. “Many heathens sacrificed to their idols (that is, to devils) with man’s blood, against all laws of humanity and piety.” (Trapp) In addition, the priests of Baal offered their own blood to their false god; some Roman Catholics and Muslims also whip themselves to blood, offering their blood to their twisted conception of God. - David flees to God's protection, with cheerful, believing confidence. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. Out at sea, out in His sea, there is pleasure, and more pleasure. For help on understanding verse 2, see our Psalm 16 2 Commentary. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. John 16:13 – When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, … He’s constantly giving the believer counsel. So, are you satisfied with God? Well, strange as it may seem, it appears that verse 4 is actually speaking of the people in verse 3. So, these powerful priests are multiplying their sorrows BECAUSE they’re going after another god as if they were pursuing a wife – with all the intensity and interest that that involves. Verses 7 and 8. It was nothing because David’s goodness, as precious as it was, was of small value without his relationship with God. This is life lived above shallow entertainments and excitements. First we live on earth. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. And that’s just a Hebrew way of referring to what WE think of as the “mind” or our “inmost being”. The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance — Hebrew, חלקי, chelki, of my division, that is, of that portion which God hath … These people are “holy ones” – which might indicate that they’re priests. These short commentaries are based on Level A EasyEnglish (about 1200 word vocabulary) by Gordon Churchyard. Protection from whom? And neither will David take the names of these gods on his lips. And THERE it means “to pay a dowry for a wife”. He likes the way his inheritance has fallen out to him. And that’s just what false gods are – unclean, abominable, detestable. From Ps. iii. Required fields are marked *. We as believers have all sorts of reasons to be satisfied with God. That word can also be translated as “nobles” – people who are powerful and wealthy in that society. God is satisfying to David. “There is a distinct echo of the story of the Fall in the phrase, multiply their sorrows, since very similar words were spoken to Eve in the Hebrew of Genesis 3:16. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption, You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore, © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . What is the alternative to “wealth gotten by vanity” in Proverbs 13 11? Yet David, Solomon’s father, knew the joy of communing with God in the night seasons and receiving guidance from Him. Nothing is naturally on our side.”, iv. This decision brought a gladness and a glory to David’s life. Psalm 16; Acts 2. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. God gives us eternal life to enjoy as a present gift, extending into eternity. Yet in that a life commitment to God has been made and is enjoyed, it is a secure, happy, blessed life. God is pictured then as upholding David’s allotted territory – which of course poetically is the Lord, anyway. God should protect David because David puts his trust in God. But that’s not what David has in mind here. Then David follows up his request for protection with a justification for that request. You maintain my lot: This described the portion of David’s inheritance. He complained to Saul in 1 Samuel 26:19: for they have driven me out this day from sharing in the inheritance of the LORD, saying, “Go, serve other gods.” Yet here in this psalm, he comes back to the conclusion that the LORD is his inheritance and will maintain his lot. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. And this is the beginning of where things start getting really gnarly with trying to translate and interpret this psalm. the portion of my inheritance and my cup; Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god, Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. Do you remember what group that was? Daily devotional with John Piper. iv. In most of those later psalms, the context given is distressing. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 16:1-11 This psalm begins with expressions of devotion, which may be applied to Christ; but ends with such confidence of a resurrection, as must be applied to Christ, and to him only. He determined that God would always be his focus, his perspective. iv. Commentary, Psalm 16, Hans Wiersma, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2012. That’s why I’ve come to you in the first place.”. What happens when you gather wealth by labor according to Proverbs 13 11? 13:36. 1 Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. There was happiness and a glory David knew by this life commitment that he would not have known otherwise. In this Psalm Deity is called by. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. Much of God’s promise to Abraham included land. The title Michtam is commonly understood as golden; others … c. I have set the LORD always before me: This speaks of a decision David made to put God first in his life. Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god: David understood that those who served other gods found many sorrows in life. iii. In the Old Testament, the sanctioned, approved drink offerings were made with wine. Interactive Bible study with John Piper. Both Peter and Paul (Acts 2:25-28; 13:35-37) affirm that David wrote this psalm (as the title indicates). Think about how often we hear about land being granted or bought or promised in the Old Testament. It is the secret of living for ever. David has a “goodly heritage” – or in other words “my inheritance in pleasant to me” he says. So, the rest of verse 1 and all of verse 2 have David describing his satisfaction with the Lord because he trusts that God is able to maintain his welfare. And really, what good are those houses or lands or whatever other material possession – if we don’t have God? And so, David, as if he himself were a priest, won’t offer the drink offerings of these disgusting idols. That doesn’t mean he won’t pronounce their names when speaking of them. That’s an imperative. The Lord giving you counsel? And you can imagine that the king WOULD work constantly with priests in the times of Old Testament Israel. 2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee; 3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight. Let’s read verses 5 and 6. v. When we go back to the first verse, we remember that this life of gladness and rejoicing and fullness of joy is not a problem-free life. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. Blood. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. He says “preserve me”. In Your presence is fullness of joy; b. What approach to making money will increase it according to Proverbs 13 11? This is an example of the benefits that come from the transformation of thinking spoken of in Romans 12:1-2. i. Solomon says in Psalm 127:1-2 that it can be vain to stay up late to try to figure out your problems. Land was a big deal to Old Testament Israelites. In his fictional work The Screwtape Letters, C.S. “The method taken by Christ, as man, to support himself in time of trouble, and persevere unto the end, was to maintain a constant and actual sense of the presence of Jehovah…he then feared not the powers of earth and hell combined for his destruction.” (Horne). Yuck. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. But even if he WAS a priest with NO land inheritance — because the Lord was to be their inheritance – David says that he’d be satisfied with that arrangement. All those fasts and vigils and stakes and crosses are only a façade. Now, land inheritance might not thrill us so much. “I receive all good from thee, but no good can I return to thee; wherefore I acknowledge thee to be most rich, and myself to be most beggardly.” (Greenham, cited in Spurgeon). So, we have in mind these mighty, powerful priests that David is calling attention to. There could hardly be a more ominous allusion to what follows from apostasy.” (Kidner). Then follows a remarkable prophecy of the resurrection of Christ, Psalm 16:8-11. And again, I think the contrast with the faithless powerful priests is in view even here. They are so negative about the people of God that they find themselves unable to see any excellence in God’s people, unable to delight in them. I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel, My heart also instructs me in the night seasons, Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. "All that Glitters May or May Not Be Gold," Jodi-Renee Giron, The Hardest Question, 2012. David knew how to speak to his own soul; Psalms 42:5 and 43:5 are other examples. Don’t swear an oath with God’s name when you have no intention of fulfilling that oath. The Septuagint renders the word as the Greek steloprapha, meaning "an inscription on a slab." i. 3 But to the saints that are in the earth,and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god:their drink offerings of blood will I not offer,nor take up their names into my lips. “Methinks I hear a sweet still voice within me, saying, This is the way, walk in it; and this in the night season, when I am wrapped in rest and silence.” (Trapp). And that’s OK, because we know what most of the rest of the psalm means. A miktam of David. David goes on to say in verse 5 that God maintains or supports his lot. This word “hasten” appears only one other time in the Old Testament. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; i. Next, in verses 3 and 4, David says that he’s satisfied with God because he knows the awful results of falling away from God. And that makes very little sense, honestly. At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. The first section shows five ways to make the Lord your treasure: They divvied up the land and we read about that in chapter after chapter in Joshua. i. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. The psalmist then aligns herself with those who have also devoted themselves to God (verse 2). One translation suggests that “Miktam” means an “epigrammatic poem”. We’re on a mission to change that. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. i. 16:1 "Preserve me, O God" This is the only imperative (BDB 1033, KB 1570, Qal imperative) in Psalm 16. They were slipping. Thus his soul was in hell when in the garden he did sweat blood, and on the cross when he cried so lamentably, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" And that’s how David pictures his relationship with God. They could hardly do anything without land. Psalm 16:2-3. These poweful priests then are forsaking their true spouse as it were – the Lord, with whom David is completely satisfied. Do you seek their company? We have clothing and food and homes. He requests life but knows that even death will not separate him from God (cf. Everything has to be twisted before it’s any use to us. God is not going to give his people any left-handed heaven, but they are to dwell at his right hand for evermore.” (Spurgeon). They are – verse 4 multiplying their sorrows. (Arabic) تفاسير – اللغة العربية. But again, I think this happens with other psalms and they’re not called Michtams. So, David is saying in verse 3 that he works with these powerful priests all the time. Verses 9 through 11. As well as all the infidelity and immorality that pursuing another wife when one already has a wife would involve. Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. And lastly, David is satisfied with God because he believed that he would enjoy God forever. My heart also instructs me in the night seasons: David’s heart was instructed first by God and His Word, and therefore his heart could also instruct him in the ways of God. This is an obvious failing for many followers of Jesus Christ today. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. We have stuff. The right hand, even on earth, is the place of favor, and the place of honor, and the place of security. We have gadgets. b. Psalm 16:11. He is content with what God has given him. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. That phrasing about “taking their names” reminds us of the commandment to not take the Lord’s name in vain. It was the confidence of God’s care and blessing in the life beyond. Let’s read that. But when it comes down to it – we’d rather have Jesus than those houses or lands. It also occurs in Psalms 56-60. One of the psalms has David fleeing from Saul into a cave. Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; They show that instead of being punished for His glorious work on the cross, Jesus was rewarded, as prophetically described in this psalm. So, anyway, as I said – we don’t really know what this term “Michtam” ultimately means. Unto the saints who are on the earth, and to the excellent; … The title of this Psalm in the Hebrew is לדוד מכתם michtam ledavid, which the Chaldee translates, "A straight sculpture of David." I have set the LORD always before me; Solid Joys. Psalm 16 is actually fairly difficult to translate – let alone interpret! a. This is not entirely bad, because this kind of decision to set the LORD always before one’s self does have a cost, and the cost should be counted and appreciated. Click on the different category headings to find out more. 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