Psalm 16 . . . refuge.
Our word for today is refuge. Throughout the Psalms, David (who wrote most of them), speaks time and time again of God being his refuge. Now David was not a wimp. He didn't just hide in a corner somewhere. No, David was a mighty warrior. He was the only one who stood up to the giant Philistine, Goliath. And he took him down. But David knew where his strength came from. It came from his God. He says in this Psalm, "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing." And he went on to say, LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. And I would encourage you to read about David's early life from Jewish history. He was actually treated as an outcast by his father and brothers. When Samuel came to anoint the next king of Israel by God's direction, Jesse didn't even bring David before him. But God knew where he was; He knew who he was; and He called him out and chose him to be the king.
David knew who to take counsel from in his place of refuge. I will praise the LORD, who counsels me. . . Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. No, David did not cower away in a corner; he lived life to the fullest. He was not perfect but he was protected and cleansed and renewed and he found his strength in his REFUGE. Whatever he needed was found in his REFUGE. And from that place, he proclaimed: You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Another beautiful Psalm about God being our refuge is Psalm 91. He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." He wasn't just the refuge for King David. He is near to all who call, who trust in Him. Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore (Psalm 125:1,2). He is our REFUGE!!!