It is Wednesday and I am back as we move on to Psalm 16.
Here is a Psalm of David which begins with him praying for God’s protection as David takes refuge in Him (v.1).
In the next section (vs.2-4) David confesses his singular devotion to the Lord, ‘apart from you I have no good thing’, and that he will have nothing to do with other false gods, and acknowledges (vs.5-6) that the Lord has indeed blessed him in this life, ‘the boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places’.
But this confidence in the Lord is then extended in David’s mind to beyond this life, that his hope in the Lord to be his protection and refuge goes beyond the grave (vs.8-11). And spiritually speaking David is absolutely right, but the words of the apostles in the NT inspired by the Holy Spirit see this as a prophecy pointing to the Messiah and His literal resurrection.So Peter in his sermon on the Day of Pentecost in Acts Ch.2 vs.25-31 (do look it up) quotes these verses and concludes, ‘I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But … seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay.’ And Paul did a similar thing in his sermon at the synagogue in Pisidian Antioch which we looked at just a couple of Sundays ago in Acts Ch.13 vs.35-37 (again do look it up and see how the NT explains the OT).
And of course the physical resurrection of Jesus is a sign and proof that one day those who are in Him will also be brought to life again with spiritual resurrection bodies that will be imperishable and immortal (see 1 Corinthians Chapter 15). Psalm 16, which begins with a simple prayer of protection, indeed leads us on to great thoughts and ideas of hope and eternity.
Let us pray today for 2 of our overseas contacts;- H, recently returned to Tunisia, as she settles back into her work there.- Fidel and Christine and children in their ministry at Gracepoint Church in Nairobi.