Commentary for Psalms 16

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 16

  • M.T on Psalms 16
    What a blessed assurance that God is with his people. I have set the Lord always before me. I have learned as I matured
    to always put God First. I don't make any decisions before I ask God. I had to get a Medical procedure and asked the
    Doctor and Nurse to pray with me first. They held hands and the Nurse lead the Prayer. It was comforting to allow the
    Doctor to be lead by the hand of God. Goodness and Mercy are always following me . Praise God! I alway ask my Doctors
    if they had prayed before serious procedures. Thank you God for taking me through so many things.
  • Robert DeHaan on Psalms 16
    Thanks be to the Lord for You are our Delight. Delight in the Lord always. I try to imagine the scope of Your love for sinful humanity. Open our eyes daily to Your mercies that are new each day. You cast are sins away at the Cross where Jesus paid in full the ransom of our sins! We Praise You ABBA Father for such love. Blessed is Your Holy Name for we can only be Holy in Christ!
  • Patty Tozi on Psalms 16
    My God,l come to you today to fight for others rights as l talk the truth how they lie and deceive them. I ask for Strength when l battle for others. I ask for you to guide me with your wisdom and knowledge. Not of the world-- but of your Love in solving the sinfulness of their ways. Praise my God!!!
  • Patty Tozi on Psalms 16
    God is a awsome God. He listens to our pleas. He takes care of us as family. He created us. He watches over us. He stays close to us, even when we sin against Him. He is ready to forgive us. Look up and praise Him right now. Thank Him for watching over you!
  • Sammy on Psalms 16
    I bless your name Lord God. I am delighted by the last verse. ...At the right hand of the highest God, there is pleasure forever. If someone remains at the right-hand side of HIM, surely you gonna be happy. There is no regret at all.
  • Vanessa on Psalms 16
    he paid it all for us the Lord, he is with us always, we can take comfort in that, be glad and rejoice. John14:27 Peace I leave with you,my peace I give onto you, not as the world gives. Amen
  • Lola Barrett on Psalms 16
    I'm learning to trust him more as I read the book of psalms. I'm a older woman learning the bible, but I always went to church and I believe in the Lord, but really never study the bible.
  • Percy Smith on Psalms 16
    "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore". Praise God for His wonderful promises! "In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself; that where I am there you will be
  • BSP on Psalms 16
    Verse 8~We should draw close to Jehovah God and no matter what happens around us we will never be shaken and He will take care of us.
  • Michael theriault on Psalms 16
    thank you lord what you have done for us and I prasre thy name


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