Psalm 16 (March 4, 2011)

[1] Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.  [2] I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”  [3] As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.  [4] The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.  [5] The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.  [6] The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.  [7] I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.  [8] I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.  [9] Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.  [10] For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.  [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. (Psalm 16 ESV)

As we finish up our study of Psalm 16, we see David’s future hope:

Confidence in a sound mind: Verse 7; The reality of the Psalmist was the soundness of his mind in the midst of terrifying circumstances because of the presence of the Lord. His mind instructed him in the night because he was confident in the faithfulness of his God.

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV)

Confidence in the presence of the Lord: Verse 8; Matthew 28:16, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Isa. 55:22, Cast your burden upon the Lord and he will care for you. He will not allow the righteous to be shaken Look at the end of verse 8 through 10. Now look to Acts 2:22-31.

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. (Acts 2:22-31 ESV)

Christ-Centered Hope in the Psalms

Jesus Christ rose again, proving that he was indeed Lord and that God the Father had not allowed him to decay. This is the reason for the hope of the Psalmist and it is our hope. Jesus Christ is alive and it is this living God, this living savior that we worship and place our confidence in.


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