Ellen Little, Library Circulation Supervisor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Scripture

Psalm 16

1   Protect 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 holy ones in the land, they are the noble,
          in whom is all my delight.
4   Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;
          their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
          or take their names upon my lips.
5   The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;
          you hold my lot.
6   The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
          I have a goodly heritage.
7   I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
          in the night also my heart instructs me.
8   I keep the LORD always before me;
          because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9   Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
          my body also rests secure.
10  For you do not give me up to Sheol,
          or let your faithful one see the Pit.
11  You show me the path of life.
          In your presence there is fullness of joy;
          in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Devotional

If you’ve ever played peek-a-boo with a baby or small child, you know that babies cover their heads with a blanket or their hands and seem to think they are invisible…safe. As we mature, however, the world becomes more complex, filled with problems and struggles and simply hiding our faces doesn’t help. Thankfully, God doesn’t change. This Psalm reminds us that He is our refuge. He provides our portion and our security. If we watch for Him, He will instruct us and show us the path and He will not abandon us. So hold on tightly to Him and to that assurance!

Prayer

Thank you, Lord, that You don’t change; that You are with us and guiding us and will not abandon us. And thank you most of all for the gift of Your Son, Jesus. Amen.