My Present Refuge, My Chosen Portion, My Future Hope (Psalm 16)

This psalm is given the name by many the “Resurrection Psalm,” based mostly on Psalm 16:10. This psalm brings present comfort as well as future hope in the midst of the circumstances. The apostle Peter used this Psalm during his sermon at Pentecost (see Acts 2:25-28). David (the author of this Psalm) was dead, “and his tomb is with us to this day” (Acts 2:29). Yet, one of David’s descendants, Jesus, would die, but only for a time. Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead. No corruption truly touched His body—decay did not do its deadly deed.

1. The Lord is my refuge (16:1-2).

Three names for ‘God’ are used in these verses.

  • “God”—el—God is our strong and mighty One.
  • “LORD” –Yahweh—The covenant name for God. This name is first introduced in Exodus 3:14 as God reveals His name of Moses in the burning bush.
  • “Lord”—Adonai—Our master and Lord.

Our God is imminently qualified to serve as the only and ultimate refuge. He is strong, mighty, eternal, covenant Lord of all. These names encapsulate Christ’s function. Revelation 19 shows how Christ is strong and mighty against the enemies, using the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) to annihilate all those who stand against Him and His Word. He is the “I AM” found in John 8:58 as well as the other I AMs found throughout John!

And He is our Lord Jesus Christ—our Master (Ephesians 1:3), who is in charge of all whom He surveys and knows.

2. The Lord delights in His saints (16:3-4).

We delight being with our Lord Jesus and to be with other believers. As true believers, we are uncomfortable with those who are in unrepentant, open sin. If you find yourself more comfortable around unbelievers and blasphemers than you do around believers, then you need to “examine yourselves” (2 Corinthians 13:5).

3. The Lord provides many blessings (16:5-8).

  • He is our portion, giving us daily all that we need (Matthew 6:9-13).
  • He is our protection, securing our lot. If we belong to Christ, then nothing shall take us out of His hand (John 10:27-29).
  • He is our partition, where we are content with the lot He has chosen for us (Philippians 4:10-19).
  • He is our teacher, being our counselor by day and night (John 14:25-27).

4. The Lord is my resurrection and my life (Psalm 16:9-11).

For the believer, God will never abandon them to the grave. Jesus is our righteousness, who atoned for our sins on the cross. Christ never saw corruption in death, and if we are in Christ neither shall we! We have a future hope that we can know and in which we can rejoice! His strong right hand protects and provides for us—pleasures forevermore!

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