3/12/08 Devotional – Psalm 16 “Where do you go for Joy?”

Posted: March 12, 2008 by Rick Hogaboam in Biblical Studies, Psalms
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Psa 16:1-11  A Miktam of David. Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.  (2)  I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”  (3)  As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.  (4)  The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.  (5)  The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.  (6)  The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.  (7)  I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.  (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 rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.  (10)  For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.  (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.

Part of this psalm is quoted by Peter in a sermon:

Act 2:22-28  “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know–  (23)  this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.  (24)  God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.  (25)  For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;  (26)  therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope.  (27)  For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption.  (28)  You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

This psalm is talking about Jesus. Jesus’ heart was glad and He rejoiced because He knew that death would not hold him. I love the last verse in this psalm, “…in your presence there is fullness of joy”. Have you experienced joy in God’s presence? If not, find your joy in Him!!! I like coming home and seeing my wife and children; their presence fills my heart with joy. Even more so, coming into God’s presence fills my whole being with joy. If you have no joy in God’s presence, then you probably don’t love Him. If you truly love someone, you long for their presence and are filled with joy when with them. We should feel the same way about our awesome God.

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