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29th Oct 2021

The Pleasant Portion

In Psalm 16 as David praises God he receives profound prophetic insight.
David prophetically knows that God will not abandon him to the grave.
David glimpses the immortality & resurrection life that God grants His children.
This is a key point that the New Testament writes inspired by the Holy Spirit pick up from this Psalm.

1 Protect me, O God; I trust in you for safety.

2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
all the good things I have come from you.”

3 How excellent are the Lord’s faithful people!
My greatest pleasure is to be with them.

4 Those who rush to other gods
bring many troubles on themselves.
I will not take part in their sacrifices;
I will not worship their gods.

5 You, Lord, are all I have,
and you give me all I need;
my future is in your hands.

6 How wonderful are your gifts to me;
how good they are!

7 I praise the Lord, because he guides me,
and in the night my conscience warns me.

8 I am always aware of the Lord’s presence;
he is near, and nothing can shake me.

9 And so I am thankful and glad,
and I feel completely secure,

10 because you protect me from the power of death.
I have served you faithfully,
and you will not abandon me to the world of the dead.

11 You will show me the path that leads to life;
your presence fills me with joy
and brings me pleasure forever. Psalm 16 GNT

David is secure in the Lord’s presence in life & death.
He knows that God will protect him & surround him even in death.
God will not abandon David up unto death & the grave.
Instead the Lord will reveal the path that leads to life & the road that leads to joy in God’s presence forever.
David prophetically ‘sees’ his future through his spiritual senses.
The Father crowns his beloved children with life, light & love – so good!
This is one of the Old Testament glimpses into the resurrection life that is ours ‘In Christ’.

The Holy Spirit inspired the Apostles & New Testament writes to see this prophecy of David in reference to Christ & His resurrection.
Both Peter (Acts 2:27, 32) & Paul (Acts 13:35) use it in their preaching of Christ’s resurrection.
Jesus Christ, the Holy One, the firstborn from the dead is resurrected as a sure sign of God’s ancient promise to resurrect His people.
Christ is resurrected in the middle of time in advance of the end-time resurrection that will follow for all who place their faith & trust in Him.
In His resurrection is our resurrection.
We currently live in resurrection power through the Holy Spirit & one day we too will be resurrected ‘In Christ’.

David has strong confidence that God will be with him in this life & even after death.
The great hope of fellowship with the Lord in this life & for all eternity.
Through Christ’s resurrection that hope has been made real.
Faith in Christ makes it a concrete experience.
What David ‘saw’ prophetically in his Spirit was made real ‘In Christ’.
So wonderful, a bountiful gift & an awesome privilege.

‘In Christ’ the resurrected Messiah & Holy One of God we have the sure & certain hope of eternal live with God.
Through Christ & the indwelling spirit we enjoy fellowship with God in life & through death & then for all eternity.
Our loving heavenly Father never ever leaves, forsakes or abandons His beloved children.
Celebrate with confidence & joy that you are safe ‘in Christ’.

For Reflection

  • In what ways is the Lord giving me prophetic insight?
  • How am I exercising & using my spiritual senses?
  • Am I truly confident & assured that God is with me always & forever?
  • Meditate on the wonder of the Resurrection & the resurrection life we have ‘In Christ’.

A song related to this theme:


Lord God & Heavenly Father,
Thank you for Jesus our Messiah & Saviour,
That His resurrection is our resurrection,
Thank you that You are with me always & forever,
In Jesus mighty name,

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