Read Psalm 16:7-11
7 I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.[d] 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[e] rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. 10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.[f] 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 is known as “THE GOLDEN PSALM, and such a title is most appropriate, for the matter is as the most fine gold.” (Spurgeon) It is written by David but is clearly one of the key messianic psalms as quoted both by Peter and Paul in the New Testament book of Acts. In Peters first great sermon in Acts 2 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Next Paul quotes Psalm 16:10 in Acts 13 and says in verse 36 “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed. 37 But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay. Ainsworth calls Psalm 16 “David’s jewel, or notable song.” We are so very blessed to have this promised messiah who we celebrate during Advent explained to us so clearly by scripture itself.
In verse 7 we would then see that even the “Wonderful Counselor” Jesus (Isaiah), blessed or praised the Lord for his counsel and understanding. Once again we can follow the example of our Lord and Messiah in humbly seeking the Lords guidance for our lives. Similarly we are reminded that true stability comes from keeping the Lord as our focal point “I shall not be shaken” verse 8.
True joy or gladness comes only through Him. My whole being rejoices – physical, spiritual included – what an amazing promise for us should we grasp on to this truth of the Lords plan for our security in verse 9.
Do you fear death? Jesus was the first of the resurrected and was not abandoned – verse 10. We follow Him not only in death but most amazingly in the resurrection. John 11:25, “25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” Do we need any more clarity than this?
Finally, verse 11 is almost like the finishing touch. Jesus, first in “preparing a place for us” offers direction, pleasures and joy, not the worldly kind but the heavenly, with the hope of being forever in eternity with our Savior and Lord. Let us not take this lightly but cling to these life changing truths that bring true peace and hope.
I highly recommend and have drawn from Spurgeon’s “Treasury of David” in preparing this devotional. It is available online.
Written by Darrell Proctor