David’s distress drove him to God, and to publicly stake his fate on God before his family and a watching world. As a result, the peril was good, though he probably didn’t call it such at the moment. Is it time to change a label on something in your life?
- What difficult or “bad” thing are you facing in life right now?
- What is it teaching you about your soul (who or what you’re really looking to for identity, safety, and security)?
- How might God being trying to use it to drive you to himself and to get you to publicly stake your fate on God? (Because if that’s the end result, then it is good!)
Psalm 16 (ESV)
You Will Not Abandon My Soul
A Miktam of David.
 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.  I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”  As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.  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.  The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.  The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.  I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.  I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.  Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.  For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.  You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.