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Michtam of David. Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

16:1 in thee. This prayer is prophetic of Christ (note Psalm 16:10), most likely representing the prayer of His heart in the Garden of Gethsemane just before His arrest and crucifixion.

16:5 mine inheritance. Jesus, in His humanity, had no inheritance, not even “where to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20). Nevertheless, He had a “goodly heritage” (Psalm 16:6), because His Father had promised “the nations for thine inheritance” (Psalm 2:8).

16:5 my cup. The Father’s promise, however, involved Christ first drinking a very bitter “cup” (Matthew 26:39).

16:7 reins. See note on Psalm 7:9.

16:8 always before me. See Acts 2:25-28, which Peter quoted from Psalm 16:8-11, in his great sermon at Pentecost.

16:9 my glory. Rendered as “tongue” by Peter, following the Septuagint. It is appropriate to equate the glory of Christ with His tongue, for “never man spake like this man” (John 7:46).

16:9 flesh also shall rest. This statement speaks prophetically of Christ’s burial in Joseph’s tomb.

16:10 to see corruption. His Spirit descended into Sheol, but He returned to raise His own resting body before His flesh could begin to decay.

16:11 at thy right hand. This is the first of twenty-one Biblical references to Christ ascending to the Father’s right hand following His resurrection. See note on Psalm 110:1.

Psalm 17 (title) Prayer of David. Although many of David’s psalms include prayers, three of them (Psalm 17, 86, 142) are specifically titled “A Prayer of David.” Like the other two, this psalm is full of heartfelt petitions.

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