The Promises of Psalm 16 Expanded

About a year ago, I was thinking about my life verse, Psalm 16:8, “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” As I looked it up in my Bible with the surrounding verses of Psalm 16, the references to many other Scripture passages also spoke peace and encouragement to my soul. So I wrote those passages down, and am now sharing them with you in an “expanded” version of Psalm 16. References are to the Psalms unless noted otherwise.

16:1  Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.

16:5  Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.

23:5  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

116:13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.

16:6  The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.

Num. 36:7  No inheritance in Israel is to pass from tribe to tribe, for every Israelite shall keep the tribal land inherited from his forefathers.

16:7  I will praise the Lord who counsels me, even at night my heart instructs me.

73:24  You guide me with your counsel and afterwards you will take me into glory.

16:8  I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my RIGHT HAND, I will not be shaken.

73:23  Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my RIGHT HAND.

16:9  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body will also rest secure.

16:10  Because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.

73:26  My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my hear and my portion forever.

17:15  And I — in righteousness–I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

16:11a  You have made known to me the path of life.

Prov. 15:24  The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.

16:11b  You will fill me iwth joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

80:17  Let your hand rest on the man at your RIGHT HAND, the son of man you have raised up for yourself.

15:5b  He who does these things will never be shaken.

18:29  With your help, I can advance against a troop; with my God, I can scale a wall.

18:30  As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.

18:32  It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.

18:35  You give me your shield of victory and your RIGHT HAND sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.

I pray these words of Scripture are encouraging to you and let you know that God IS at your RIGHT HAND whenever you need Him!



6 thoughts on “The Promises of Psalm 16 Expanded

  1. Dear Jackie,
    Thank you for the devotional about marriage and illness. It was valuable to me and I’ve forwarded it to friends who are similarly challenged.
    May you, your marriage and your extended family be blessed with healing and the strength to cope in the meantime,
    Marjorie Veiga


    1. Marjorie,
      Thanks for commenting on the devotional about marriage and illness and thanks so much for forwarding. I write what the Lord lays on my heart in the hope that others will be comforted. And I covet your prayers for healing and strength to cope. God is good….all the time.


  2. Marjorie,
    God is good! I’m go glad that what I wrote about marriage and chronic illness was valuable to you and that you have passed it on! I prayed that if my article was published, that it would touch and help at least one person. You have answered that prayer and more! Thank you also for the prayers for my marriage and extended family’s healing & strength.



  3. Jackie, I found you on Christian Devotions today. Was blessed by your article. Then came to your site here. I struggled with Chronic fatigue syndrome for many years and I know the debilitating weakness that comes when you are faced with something that lingers awhile.Like you, I want to be positive and let God work in and through times like this to mold me into his image and help me be more compassionate towards others. I am grateful to the Lord for leading me to the right endrocrinologist who put me on thyroid med. about 8 years ago. It has made a huge difference in my life. I’m also a writer and love to share about the greatness and goodness of the Lord.
    God bless you. One other thing, I’m 69 years old and was published with Christian Devotions during my birthday month. You might want to check it out. Rose of Sharon under spirit/heart archives.


    1. Glenda,
      You go, girl! That is wonderful that you were published with Christian Devotions in your 69th year. Thanks for being obedient to God’s call and sharing your heart that was broken by just a few words that stayed with you for many years. As I learned at a workshop at a Christian writers conference today, words can hurt and words can heal. Thank you for your healing words. I am also grateful that thyroid medication helped you; it has helped me, too! Keep allowing God to mold you and share your stories, which is really God’s story in your life, with others!

      Please consider looking at the website, Rest Ministries ( It’s a website that ministers and encourages the chronically ill. They have a daily devotion and good articles on living with chronic illness.



      1. Jackie,
        Thanks so much for being an encouragement to me today! I just took a peek at the ministry you mentioned. Looks like a great place for hope and encouragement…love places like that…that’s why I write and I want to do it for Him…Blessings to you today!


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