New International Reader's Version

Psalm 16

Psalm 16

A miktam of David.

My God, keep me safe.
    I go to you for safety.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord.
    Without you, I don’t have anything that is good.”
I say about God’s people who live in our land, “They are the noble ones.
    I take great delight in them.”
Those who run after other gods
    will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out offerings of blood to those gods.
    My lips will not speak their names.

Lord, you alone are everything I need.
    You make my life secure.
I am very pleased with what you have given me.
    I am very happy with what I’ve received from you.

I will praise the Lord. He gives me good advice.
    Even at night my heart teaches me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    He is at my right hand.
    So I will always be secure.

So my heart is glad. Joy is on my tongue.
    My body also will be secure.
10 You will not leave me in the place of the dead.
    You will not let your faithful one rot away.
11 You always show me the path of life.
    You will fill me with joy when I am with you.
    You will make me happy forever at your right hand.

The Message

Psalm 16

A David Song

11-2 Keep me safe, O God,
    I’ve run for dear life to you.
I say to God, “Be my Lord!”
    Without you, nothing makes sense.

And these God-chosen lives all around—
    what splendid friends they make!

Don’t just go shopping for a god.
    Gods are not for sale.
I swear I’ll never treat god-names
    like brand-names.

5-6 My choice is you, God, first and only.
    And now I find I’m your choice!
You set me up with a house and yard.
    And then you made me your heir!

7-8 The wise counsel God gives when I’m awake
    is confirmed by my sleeping heart.
Day and night I’ll stick with God;
    I’ve got a good thing going and I’m not letting go.

9-10 I’m happy from the inside out,
    and from the outside in, I’m firmly formed.
You canceled my ticket to hell—
    that’s not my destination!

11 Now you’ve got my feet on the life path,
    all radiant from the shining of your face.
Ever since you took my hand,
    I’m on the right way.