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.
⁷ I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
⁸ I have set the LORD always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
⁹ Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
¹⁰ For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
¹¹ You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Applying the text
- How does God’s presence in your life give you the strength to bring your requests to Him when you fear or are in distress?
- In what ways have you experienced delight in God’s people? What might hinder your delight in God’s people?
- In what ways do you delight in God? How do you need to exercise repentance and initiate delight?