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We are pleased to feature this image of Psalm 16, a dynamic collage by renowned visual artist Nicora Gangi.

This psalm has Jesus Christ in it. It begins with such expressions of devotion as may be applied to Christ yet concludes with a confidence of a resurrection.

Psalms 16

Psalm 16


Nicora Gangi


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Paper Collage

Image by Giorgio Trovato

Primary Scripture

Preserve me, God, for in you do I take refuge.
My soul, you have said to Yahweh, “You are my Lord.
Apart from you I have no good thing.”
As for the saints who are in the earth,
they are the excellent ones in whom is all my delight.
Their sorrows shall be multiplied who give gifts to another god.
Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,
nor take their names on my lips.
Yahweh assigned my portion and my cup.
You made my lot secure.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.
Yes, I have a good inheritance.
I will bless Yahweh, who has given me counsel.
Yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons.
I have set Yahweh always before me.
Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices.
My body shall also dwell in safety.
For you will not leave my soul in Sheol,
neither will you allow your holy one to see corruption.
You will show me the path of life.
In your presence is fullness of joy.
In your right hand there are pleasures forever more.

Psalms 16

This psalm has Jesus Christ in it. It begins with such expressions of devotion as may be applied to Christ yet concludes with a confidence of a resurrection. One, which is to prevent corruption that only, applies to Christ. David speaks of the prospect, which the Redeemer had of His resurrection and the glory that should follow. Both Peter and Paul quoted this psalm in Acts 2: 24, 13: 36.

This psalm is one that we may surely use to encourage one another and edify ourselves and then learn: that it is our wisdom and duty to set the Lord Jesus always before us, and to see Him continually at our right hand wherever we are, to gaze upon Him as our chief good and highest end, our owner, ruler and judge, our gracious benefactor, our sure guide.

We have little to hope for from this life but we shall rest in hope of a better life. We can put off the body in that hope. Christ's resurrection is a sure promise of ours if we are His. Our pleasures here are transient and momentary, but those at God's right hand are pleasures for evermore, pleasures in the immediate vision and fulfillment of an eternal God.

Here is the "color notation" used to develop Psalm 16.

Spark Notes

The Artist's Reflection

Nicora Gangi was educated at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA (BFA 1974 and MFA 1976). She was a Professor of Art at Syracuse University for 29 years. Gangi has been awarded many Grand Prize and First Place awards and grants. She has been and continues to be published in numerous artist’s books on pastel paintings. She has lectured regionally and nationally as a visiting artist at universities and artist’s guilds. She is represented by: Edgewood Gallery (Syracuse, NY), and Gangi Studio (Winter Garden, FL).

Nicora Gangi

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