Verse 1 – Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.
Verse 2 – O my soul, you have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, my goodness is nothing apart from You.”
Verse 3 – And to the saints who are on the earth, “They are excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.”
Verse 4 – Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, nor take up their names on my lips.
Verse 5 – You, O Lord, are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot.
Verse 6 – The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; yes I have a good inheritance.
Verse 7 – I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; my heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
Verse 8 – I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Believers and unbelievers experience pain, trouble, and failure. However the unbeliever feels hopeless about life and are confused over their true purpose in life. As believers though, we move ahead confidently with what we know is right and important to God, which is His will. Those seeking God can know, He will keep us from going down the wrong path.
Verse 9 – Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh will also rest in hope.
Verse 10 – For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
Verse 11 – You will show me my path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
This psalm is quoted in the New Testament as referring to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Both Peter and Paul quoted from this psalm when speaking of Christ’s body being resurrected (see Acts 2:25-28, 31; 13:35-37). David knew he had found true joy. Happiness is only based on circumstances, only temporary. There is contentment in the presence of the Lord.