“Miktam means Epigram” Miktam corresponds to the Babylonian nakamu, lid, a metal cover for a vessel, but efforts to derive a meaning for the term in the Psalms have not been convincing. In modern Hebrew, the word has come to mean “epigram”, and numerous collections of Hebrew epigrams have used that word in their titles. One translation suggests that “Miktam” means an “epigrammatic poem”. That is, a poem filled with short, terse, pithy statements. And that option might be the best one. Because in the Hebrew, this seems to describe this psalm pretty well. Psalm 16 is actually fairly difficult to translate – let alone interpret! Many call Psalm 16 the golden verse. It shows that David found life in the one true God. The secret here is to believe in the one true God. The Psalm describes God as our keeper; he keeps us In a way that no man can. This Psalm can be rendered to seek refuge in God. Also, in times of peril, Psalm 16 serves as a way of giving hope to the faithful. So Believe in the one true God as David did.
It reads in Psalm 16:1-11,
“A miktam of David.”
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.” Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips. Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.