For the past several years in my hometown my family and our next door neighbors have hosted a sunrise service on Easter morning. Plans for the service are spread by word of mouth and the local paper and radio station. The last couple of years I have had the honor to preach at these services. The passage of Scripture I chose to preach was Psalm 16. It reads:
A Miktam of David:
Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”
As for the saints who are in the land, they are the excellent ones in whom is all my delight.
The sorrows of those who run after another god will increase; I will not pour out their blood offerings or take their names upon my lips.
The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; even at night my heart instructs me.
I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.