As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight (Psalm 16:3).
As I read this passage this morning, it really made me pause. Do I truly delight in God’s people, the saints? I mean, sure, I have plenty of friends for whom I truly care. But this Hebrew word seems to have, at its core, a deeper meaning. It is translated different ways in various places in Scripture, yet concretely it’s talking about something of true value. If I really delight in something (or someone), I value it.
So the question, then, is how much do I really value the saints, God’s people? Again, some are close friends that I love dearly. But this word seems to go beyond close friends. It literally means “godly” or, by inference here, “godly ones.” So, David is saying that he values—he delights in—those who have been made holy by God, the saints. And not just a select few, apparently. The NKJV translates this as “the saints who are on the earth.”
Of course, if you really think about it, this makes sense. If we recognize that the saints, God’s people, are the expression of Him—the Body of Christ—here on earth, then of course we should delight in—value—them. All of them.