Psalm 16

Overview

    Our Psalmist, David, is praising God. He is raising Him up, and recognizing all the good that God does for him. God also preserves our lives in this way. David also mentions how glad he is of other saints, and I concur that I am glad of fellowship, too. He claims allegiance to only the one true God and shares how the inheritance God has given him is beautiful. God teaches and shows him how to live, as he does with us. This is how we find true happiness, deep joy, and security. We find our pleasure in God

Characters

David-the Psalmist, God, the saints, those who run after another god, my heart, my whole being, God’s holy one

Key Verse

Verse 11 “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Cross References

Matthew 7:13-14 “”Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

Psalm 21:6 “For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence.”

Psalm 36:8 “They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.”

Conclusion

    This key verse has special meaning to me because God really is teaching us to live, day by day, here in Lebanon. We praise Him for all He is doing in us, through us, and around us. Finding Christian friends and soon bringing interns to mentor is bringing us life, and they are our delight, as David says. Our little Davy is also one of these saints to us, he always wants to read his Children’s Bible, and we have each read through the entire thing to him at least twice. Spending time with God reassures us of our security being found only in him, that he holds our lives and those of our loved ones in His hands.

Jesus in the Psalm

    Better than expositing this text myself, I will let Peter do it as he brought up this very Psalm in his Pentecost sermon in Acts 2:22-33

“”Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.”

Dear Lord, you understand this Psalm far better than many of us. You also were a refugee, running from a king who wanted to kill you. We pray today for all the refugees in this world, running, seeking a shelter. We pray that they will find You, and through You be able to sing this song of praise as well, even though the sorrow will still be with them. You are our Savior and Protector, become theirs as well.

Tomorrow: Psalm 17

*Note: I am using the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible for the Jesus in the Psalm section, so there are often paraphrases of the commentary with my own ideas sprinkled in. At the very least I used the commentary to find applicable verses from the New Testament.

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