Psalms Chapter 16
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Matthew Henry's Psalms Chapter 16 Bible commentary...
This psalm begins with expressions of devotion, which may be applied to Christ; but ends with such confidence of a resurrection, as must be applied to Christ, and to him only.
- David flees to God's protection, with cheerful, believing confidence. Those who have avowed that the Lord is their Lord, should often put themselves in mind of what they have done, take the comfort of it, and live up to it. He devotes himself to the honour of God, in the service of the saints. Saints on earth we must be, or we shall never be saints in heaven. Those renewed by the grace of God, and devoted to the glory of God, are saints on earth. The saints in the earth are excellent ones, yet some of them so poor, that they needed to have David's goodness extended to them. David declares his resolution to have no fellowship with the works of darkness; he repeats the solemn choice he had made of God for his portion and happiness, takes to himself the comfort of the choice, and gives God the glory of it. This is the language of a devout and pious soul. Most take the world for their chief good, and place their happiness in the enjoyments of it; but how poor soever my condition is in this world, let me have the love and favour of God, and be accepted of him; let me have a title by promise to life and happiness in the future state; and I have enough. Heaven is an inheritance; we must take that for our home, our rest, our everlasting good, and look upon this world to be no more ours, than the country through which is our road to our Father's house. Those that have God for their portion, have a goodly heritage. Return unto thy rest, O my soul, and look no further. Gracious persons, though they still covet more of God, never covet more than God; but, being satisfied of his loving-kindness, are abundantly satisfied with it: they envy not any their carnal mirth and delights. But so ignorant and foolish are we, that if left to ourselves, we shall forsake our own mercies for lying vanities. God having given David counsel by his word and Spirit, his own thoughts taught him in the night season, and engaged him by faith to live to God.
Verses #8-11|, are quoted by St. Peter in his first sermon, after the pouring out of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, #Ac 2:25-31|; he declared that David in them speaks concerning Christ, and particularly of his resurrection. And Christ being the Head of the body, the church, these verses may be applied to all Christians, guided and animated by the Spirit of Christ; and we may hence learn, that it is our wisdom and duty to set the Lord always before us. And if our eyes are ever toward God, our hearts and tongues may ever rejoice in him. Death destroys the hope of man, but not the hope of a real Christian. Christ's resurrection is an earnest of the believer's resurrection. In this world sorrow is our lot, but in heaven there is joy, a fulness of joy; our pleasures here are for a moment, but those at God's right hand are pleasures for evermore. Through this thy beloved Son, and our dear Saviour, thou wilt show us, O Lord, the path of life; thou wilt justify our souls now, and raise our bodies by thy power at the last day; when earthly sorrow shall end in heavenly joy, pain in everlasting happiness.
Comments for Psalms Chapter 16...
Aye Esther's Psalms Chapter 16 comment about verse 6 on 2/06/2013, 10:37am...
Anywhere in life the forces of darkness draw their boundaries thinking I'll be greatly affected negatively, “JEHOVAH jump protocol” will make it the most suitable spot to embrace me with such blessings that my inheritance will be great.
Virginia's Psalms Chapter 16 comment on 1/22/2013, 6:02am...
It encourages and makes me to know that with Jesus, nothing can shake the children of God.
Oscarlyn's Psalms Chapter 16 comment about verse 6 on 12/31/2012, 5:08pm...
This verse has seen me through most trying times of my life.
Matthew's Psalms Chapter 16 comment about verse 11 on 10/31/2012, 11:39am...
Thanks for the holy one. For the sacrifice of his life for my sin I do promise him that I will serve him all they days of my life.
Petrenia's Psalms Chapter 16 comment on 9/12/2012, 9:50am...
This is a psalm that has picked me up. It has given me courage knowing someone is always there to pick me up.
Susan Dalton's Psalms Chapter 16 comment about verse 10 on 10/20/2011, 5:57am...
"For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption." (Psalm 16:10)
I will do my best to retell this from memory. There was a pilot who was shot down flying over enemy territory. He was able to parachute out of his plane, and land on the ground. He began to try and make radio contact to be rescued. He knew this was risky, because the enemy could pick up his transmissions and locate him; yet, it was his only chance to save his life.
He kept making transmissions, yet, no answer. Though his transmissions could not be received, there were aircraft out searching for him. They had been flying and looking and listening for any communications; yet, they had come up empty.
He had survived some four days, continually trying to make contact; yet, no answer. On a search mission, the airplanes searching for him had used up all their fuel looking for him. They were to turn back and head home. One pilot decided he would fly closer into enemy territory. The other pilot told him to turn back that he would not have enough fuel to get back. The pilot said he felt he had enough fuel, and he could not leave knowing he would be leaving a man down, who might still be alive. He flew over closer into enemy territory. As he did, he heard a transmission; it was the pilot who was shot down. He told him he heard him, and he had his location, and he would be back. The enemy had heard the transmissions and were quickly seeking to locate the down man. A helicopter came to pick up the down pilot. As he was running to get on the helicopter the enemy was closing in. As the helicopter was taking off, the enemy began firing on them. The helicopter managed to get away.
Later a top official was called and was told "it was a pick up." The top official had tears in his eyes as he retold the encounter. His soul expressed the relief that they had got their man safely out of the enemy's territory and out of sure death.
Sometimes you may be shot down, and find yourself behind enemy lines. You may be on the radio, and hear no one answering. You may need "a pick up."
Sometimes you may be the one in the plane risking even your on self, placing yourself over enemy lines to seek someone down. Sometimes you may be the one watching and waiting to see if those you've sent get the job done.
In this case, there was a "pick up." What if there is no pick up? What if no one hears your transmission? What if others give up, or turn back from the search? What if even God lets you lie? We see in Revelation 11:7 that when the two witnesses have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
Even if God allows His believers not to be delivered from certain deaths, we are already "picked up." We walk in life even behind enemy lines even unto death. He has already picked us up. He has promised to "pick up" our body of flesh one day.
In every circumstance, we may not presently be delivered from death in our body. The two witnesses were raised from the dead three and an half days later. Jesus raised from the dead three days later.
Whether we live or we die, we who are in the Lord are alive. God has picked us up and quickened us by His spirit. He can pick the soul up and make it alive in death; He will pick up this mortal flesh and make it immortal some day. He will pick up heaven and earth and make them new some day.
Everyone was full of emotion to have accomplished the rescue mission for the pilot successfully. What joy there will be in heaven when God sends Jesus for the final pick up of all of His soldiers.
Until that day, keep the helmet and all the armour of God on, and stay in the fight.
Vanessa's Psalms Chapter 16 comment on 7/14/2011, 1:12am...
We should always be in the presence of God whether service is on or not because that is where our pleasures is.
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