David wrote Psalm 16 as a prayer to God. In it, David asks for the Lord’s protection during a trying time. Also, David begs the Lord for His guidance. Then David made a commitment to follow God’s direction.
Many call this a “messianic psalm” (a prophecy of some aspect of Jesus’ life). From the tone, the commentators might be correct. However, we must not forget that it was written for our instruction.
David concludes the psalm with this verse: “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalms 16:11).
If you are missing joy, then may I suggest that you draw closer to the Lord’s path. And, in your commitment, you will find joy entering your heart, once again.
Woodlawn church of Christ