praying the Psalms: Psalm 16
I worked to reflect and meditate on this Psalm - I have for years. I prayed and journaled and read it aloud and silently. I prayed it word-for-word to the Father and nothing 'extra' I wrote brought me any satisfaction. So today, I am simply posting the actual Psalm. This prayer is beautiful and has sustained me personally and specifically for over five years.
Preserve me, o God, for I take refuge in You. I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good besides You.”
As for the saints who are in the earth,They are the majestic ones in whom I all my delight.The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied;I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood, nor will I take their names upon my lips.
The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; indeed my heritage is beautiful to me.
I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely.
For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay. You will make known to me the paths of life; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
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