February 3, 2022

Psalms 16:8-11 – A Messianic Psalm

Today’s Psalms reveals an incredible Prophecy that was given to David in about 539 BC, so around 600 years before it became realized.  In fact, The Apostle Peter quotes this Psalm in Acts 2 at the Pentecost just before the Holy Spirit was poured out on the early church, this is considered a Messianic Psalm, and there are several of these throughout the entire volume of the Psalms.  

At first glance, this would probably confound the reader, and leave Old Testament scholars wondering who The Holy One was, what it meant to not undergo decay or decompose after death, but with the benefit of hindsight, knowing about Christ’s Death and resurrection as revealed to us in the New Testament, let’s look at these verses, just as Christ fore spoke them before He entered time and died for us at Calvary: 

Psa 16:8  I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Read in the context of Jesus headed being arrested on false charges and marched up to the cross, that makes a lot of sense, and now we note how in the following verses, He confidently says that His flesh will dwell securely and will not undergo decay, because Jesus knew that He would be risen up on the 3rd day, so if the body rises on the 3rd day, it literally cannot undergo decay!  

Psa 16:9  Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely.

Psa 16:10  For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.

And finally, a glimpse into the eternal afterlife

Psa 16:11  You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

In God’s presence (or heaven) what followed His resurrection is a fullness of joy and pleasures that do not end.  

It is never not amazing to read these prophecies in the Bible, remembering that this was written 600 years before Jesus was actually crucified and subsequently resurrected.  Once again, the Bible’s unassailable truth speaks for Itself.  

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