The Spirit of the Psalms: Preserve Me Lord In Time Of Need (Psalm 16)

God willing every Monday I will post a hymn, psalm or spiritual song for encouragement. They say we learn our doctrine through singing which aids in memorisation but I know from my own experience that I tend to focus more on the tune than the words, especially if I am more familiar with the song. So I thought why not take some devotional time every week to really look at the lyrics and the poetry of a spiritual song alongside the Scriptural passages that inspired it.

The Spirit of the Psalms
Psalm 16

Preserve me, Lord, in time of need;
In Thee alone is all my trust;
No merits of my own I plead,
Only the righteousness of Christ.

Oft have my heart and tongue confessed
How empty and how poor I am;
My praise can never make Thee blessed,
Nor add new glories to Thy name.

But from the saints on earth I reap
Pleasures exceeding all below;
Such is the company I keep,
These are the choicest friends I know.

Though once I chose the sons of earth, Pleasures of flesh and sense were mine,
Now I love those of heavenly birth,
Whose thoughts and language are divine.
My Lord remains before mine eyes;
At my right hand He stands prepared
To keep my soul from all surprise,
My sure and everlasting Guard.
Isaac Watts 1674-1748
From ‘Psalms and Hymns of Reformed Worship’ Hymnbook.

Keep me safe, O God,
for I have come to you for refuge.
I said to the LORD, “You are my Master!
Every good thing I have comes from you.”
The godly people in the land
are my true heroes!
I take pleasure in them!
Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods.
I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood
or even speak the names of their gods.
LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.
You guard all that is mine.
The land you have given me is a pleasant land.
What a wonderful inheritance!
I will bless the LORD who guides me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I know the LORD is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.
My body rests in safety.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead
or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.
You will show me the way of life,
granting me the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with you forever.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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