309- Psalm 16 – My Portion Your Portion?

We’ve been crawling through Psalm sixteen. Let’s pick up where we left off. 

Psalm 16:3-4 (LEB)

     3 With regard to the saints who are in the land, 

     they are the noble ones in whom is all my desire. 

     4 Those who hurry after another god increase their sorrows. 

     I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood, 

     nor take up their names on my lips. 

David presents an interesting contrast in verses three and four. To summarize, he loves Yahweh’s people and has determined to have nothing to do with the ungodly. Consider an excerpt from the Faithlife Study Bible.

“16:3 the saints The Hebrew word used here, qedoshim, refers to God’s chosen or set apart people (Deut 7:6). Elsewhere this phrase is used in reference to heavenly beings (Ps 89:5–7; Job 15:15).”

“16:4 Those who hurry after another god The Hebrew word mahar can mean either “to run after” someone or “to acquire as a wife” (Exod 22:16).

  Unfaithfulness to God is often compared to unfaithfulness in marriage (Isa 1:21; Hos 2:2). Yahweh is portrayed as a husband to Israel, the unfaithful wife (see Isa 54:5 and note) chasing after foreign gods (Jer 2:20–25; Ezek 16:30–34).”

I wish we were all in a living room with open Bibles for this next verse so we could spend some time considering it together. I would love to hear what others have to say about this very straightforward verse. 

Psalm 16:5 (LEB)

     5 Yahweh is the portion which is my share and my cup. 

     You hold my lot. 

The above is from the Lexham English Bible. Let’s look at the same verse in the New King James translation.

Psalm 16:5 (NKJV)

           5       O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;

    You maintain my lot.

In the first part of verse five it seems David made a proclamation to others about Yahweh being his portion. As modern-day believers it can be all too easy to put our best foot forward and sort of overstate how close we are to God. I don’t think we purposely misstate our holiness, but we want people to believe the best of us and we truly do want to be close to Yahweh. But when we put the second part of verse five together with the first part, we quickly see that David didn’t overstate anything. The “You” in “You maintain my lot” is David speaking directly to Yahweh. Where others may believe inaccuracies about us, Yahweh never can be fooled. Yahweh truly was David’s all sufficiency. What about us? Let’s ask ourselves, “can I honestly say that Yahweh is my portion”?

If an honest assessment finds us falling short, what can we do about it? How about spending more time in fellowship with Yahweh by spending time in His word. We could spend more time in prayer, and don’t forget spending more time with the saints (vs 3)?

Yahweh is worthy of all Praise, Worship, and Adoration!


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