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Psalm 16 has several titles: (1). The Resurrection of the MESSIAH; (2). A Mystery Poem of David; (3). The Golden Psalm; (4). A Prophecy of CHRIST JESUS our LORD (Michtam of David).
The superscription given in parenthesis is of uncertain meaning, some say that it means The Golden Psalm, while others deny this. The uncertainty most likely prompted the name of it as, The Mystery Psalm of David. The possibility that Michtam may mean The Golden Psalm, but it could have some musical meaning.
Because of the apostles, Peter and Paul, and their confident quotation of completely half of this Psalm in the New Testament, the Psalm carries no mystery whatever for us today. It is a confident and unbending Promise of GOD’S Resurrection of His HOLY ONE from the grave, so quickly after His death that no corruption whatever would destroy His precious Body.
It is important to remember that the general theme of this Psalm is The Righteous Man, a subject that absolutely removes the application of it in any sense to David, because he was a sinful man, and applies and restricts it to the ONLY ONE who was ever completely Holy, pure and righteous, that being CHRIST!
That David was the author, there can be no doubt. It is most definitely is attributed to him by Peter (Acts 2:25-31). That its major parts might have some reference to his circumstances is quite probable; but that CHRIST JESUS is its main point of view, not only appears from quotations made by the apostle, but from the circumstance that some parts of it never did and never could apply to David. From the most serious and attentive consideration of the whole Psalm, it is certain that every verse belongs to CHRIST JESUS, and NO one else! As He is referred to here as the Redeemer of the world, as a result, being GOD manifested in the flesh, there are several parts of the Psalm, as well as in the New Testament, where the Divine and human natures are spoken of separately . . . and if this difference is correctly considered, there should be not only no inconsistency, but a beautiful harmony throughout the whole of it.
Theme: The Resurrection of the MESSIAH.
The MESSIANIC meaning of this Psalm is fully established by the testimony of the HOLY SPIRIT in the New Testament. We could call this Psalm the Golden Jewel of David because he looks forward to the One coming in his line. What a picture of the Lord JESUS CHRIST.
Verses Ps.16:8-11 are quoted by Peter in his first sermon, after the pouring out of the SPIRIT on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:25-31). Peter stated that David speaks about CHRIST, and mainly of His Resurrection. And as CHRIST is the Head of the church, these verses may be applied to all TRUE Christians, guided and animated by the SPIRIT of CHRIST; and we may as a result learn, that it is our wisdom and duty to always set the LORD before us. Dear one, if our eyes are always toward GOD, our hearts and lips may always rejoice in Him. Death
destroys the hope of sinful man, but NOT the hope of a TRUE Christian. CHRIST'S Resurrection is an earnest (a down payment) of the believer's resurrection. In this world sorrow is our lot, but in Heaven there is joy, a fullness of joy; our pleasures here are for a moment, but those in GOD’S care, there are pleasures for evermore. Through GOD’S beloved SON, and our dear Saviour, the LORD will show us the path of life; He will justify our souls now (Rom.5:1), and raise our bodies by His power at the last day; when earthly sorrow shall end in heavenly joy and everlasting happiness.
2 Cor. 5:6, 8 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: . . . . . 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (KJV) . . . Thank YOU JESUS!
Psalm 16:1 Preserve me, O GOD: for in thee do I put my trust. (KJV)
Preserve me, O GOD . . . preserve me from all mine enemies. Prayer was appropriate to CHRIST as Man, while He was on Earth. He offered up many prayers and supplications to GOD His FATHER. CHRIST in prayer: (Mat.14:23; 26:36-42, 44-75; Mk.1:35; 6:46; 14:35, 39; Lk.5:16; 6:12; 9:28-29; 22:32, 41-42, 44; 23:34; Heb.5:7). The Lord JESUS’ petition for preservation was suitable to Him and His case, and was heard and answered by GOD; He was remarkably preserved in His infancy from the rage and fury of Herod (Mat.2:1, 13); and very wonderfully was His Body preserved and supported in the wilderness under a fast of forty days and forty nights together (Mat.4:2; Lk.4:2), and from being torn to pieces by the wild beasts among which He was (Mk.1:13), and from the temptations of Satan, with which He was there assaulted (Mat.4:1-11); and throughout all His ministry He was preserved from being hindered in the execution of His office, either by the flatteries, menaces, or false charges of His enemies; and although His enemies often tried, they could not take His life before His time.
For in thee do I put my trust . . . the graces of faith and hope were implanted in the wonderful Heart of CHRIST, as Man, Who had the gifts and graces of the SPIRIT without measure (Jn.3:34; Col.1:19; 2:9) bestowed upon Him, and these very early appeared in Him, and were in a very well-known manner exercised by Him right before His death, when He was under agonizing sufferings as He hung on that torturous cross (Isa.1:6; Mat.27:26-46). Dear one, CHRIST JESUS’ trust and confidence was in GOD alone, for NO one else had a reason for His preservation and safety (Jn.3:16-19).
*****David knew that he could not trust his own merit, and hating his sin, fled to the LORD for preservation (Psalm 51). He knew that he had hope in life and death only through the MESSIAH!
Psalm 16:2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee; (KJV)
O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD . . . some say these words are of David speaking to the church, who had owned the LORD to be her LORD, others think they are the words of GOD the FATHER to His SON, telling Him what He had said; while others seem to think they are Words of CHRIST to His own Soul. Although the phrase, O my soul, is not in the original text, it seems rightly supplied by translators, and which is confirmed by the Targum, and by the Jewish commentators.
Thou art my LORD . . . CHRIST, as Man, is GOD’S only begotten SON (Jn.3:16). His human nature is the true tabernacle which GOD pitched, not man, and for this reason GOD is His LORD, being His Creator; and as Mediator, CHRIST is GOD’S Servant, and was made under the law to obey Him, and to submit to His will in all things; so that CHRIST not only in words said GOD was His LORD, but by His deeds declared Him to be so.
My goodness extendeth not to thee . . . those who think that David speaks here in his own person, or in the person of other believers, interpret these words in another way. Some render them, my goodness is not above thee; it is far inferior to thine, or it is not to be compared to it.
Psa 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but GOD is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. (KJV) . . . Dear one. Consider: Jamess 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (KJV) . . . David is NOT speaking of himself or any mortal man, he is speaking of CHRIST!
Psalm 16:3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight. (KJV)
But to the saints that are in the earth . . . who are sanctified or set apart by GOD the FATHER, whose sins are justified (Rom.5:1) by the precious Blood of CHRIST (1 Pet.1:18-19) in redemption, and who are sanctified by the SPIRIT of CHRIST in the effectual calling (Ro.8:9-11). These saints are said to be in the earth, for the goodness of CHRIST extends to them. GOD is in Heaven, and His hopes are in respect to those who dwell on the Earth, His delight is with the saints.
And to the excellent . . . the excellent is the same as the saints.
In whom is all my delight . . . CHRIST'S delights were with these sons of men before the world was, and have always continued to be with them; they are His Hepbzibah and Beulah (Isa.62:4), and for that reason, He became incarnate (Jn.1:14), and suffered, bled and died for them, and applies for all the blessings of His grace and goodness to them. THANK YOU JESUS!
Psalm 16:4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another GOD: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips. (KJV)
Their sorrows shall be multiplied . . . NOT the sorrows of the saints and excellent ones, but the sorrows of those who seek after idols (Isa.48:5). Many are the GODs which others worship, while there is only One True GOD! It is clear that David would not be found among their number, or be united with them in their devotions.
That hasten after another GOD . . . many are the false GODs, idols that millions upon millions of people serve! To serve and worship ANY of these is IDOLATRY! Idolatry is a SIN!
Exodus 20:3-5 Thou shalt have no other GODs before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy GOD am a jealous GOD, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; (KJV) . . . Dear Catholic people, PLEASE read this again! You pray to Mary and your ‘supposed’ saints. You are to pray ONLY to GOD the FATHER in JESUS’ Name, or to CHRIST JESUS Himself, NO one else! And dear one, NO sinful man can make a saint! Only GOD alone can make saints!
You have multiple graven images in your homes, churches and vehicles! You are disobeying the COMMANDMENTS of Almighty GOD. BEWARE!!! Judgment Day shall come to us all. Are YOU ready? WHAT excuse will you give the Great JUDGE about all these continual sins? . . . . . . . . . http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_judgment_day_IS_coming.htm
Their drink offerings of blood will I not offer . . . David states the doom of idolaters, who rush after other GODs, pursuing their idols as if they were afraid they would run away from them. Their sorrows shall be multiplied, both by the judgments they bring upon themselves from the true GOD whom they forsake and by the disappointment they will meet with in the false GODs they embrace. Their drink offerings of blood David will not offer, not just because the idols they are offered to are a lie, but because the offerings are barbaric.
Nor take up their names into my lips . . . not the names of idols, but of the Jews that rejected Him as the MESSIAH, for whom he would not pray (Jn.17:9), and so as he refused to offer their sacrifices, he would not perform the other part of his priestly office for them in intercession.
*****At GOD’S Altar, because the preciuous Blood of CHRIST JESUS made atonement, the drinking of it was strictly prohibited, and the drink offerings were of wine . . . but the devil wanted his worshippers to drink the blood of the sacrifices, to teach them blasphemy and cruelty. But David would have nothing to do with those idols, nor even call their names with any respect.
Psalm 16:5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. (KJV)
The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance . . . in total conflict with idols. The MESSIAH speaks. GOD is the portion of mine inheritance. He seeks no earthly good; He desires only to do the will of GOD, and that alone. It is GOD who has given Him this task, to redeem mankind, to have them for His inheritance (Ps.2:8). From Him I have received the cup of suffering (Mat.26:39, 42; Jn.18:11) which I shall drink for their sake, and through it I shall impart to them the cup of consolation (Ps.116:13). CHRIST, by the grace of GOD, has tasted death for every man; and He has instituted the cup of blessing (1 Cor.10:16) to commemorate His passion and death.
Thou maintainest my lot . . . GOD does defend His portion, that which is allotted to Him. The reference is to what He specifies in the following verse as to His inheritance, and says that that which was so valuable to Him was sustained or preserved by GOD. CHRIST was the portion of GOD’S Soul; CHRIST was the source of all GOD’S joy; and GOD maintained or preserved all that was dear to His Heart.
Psalm 16:6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. (KJV)
The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places . . . the reference is to the measuring the land by lines, and giving each part to the proper owners. The lines refers to the measuring and dividing land (2 Sam.8:2; Am.7:17). The word means a portion of land that surveyed off, to anyone as his possession or property; and so the word refers to the condition in life. The meaning here is, that his inheritance had been fixed in a pleasant and desirable part of the land.
Yea, I have a goodly heritage . . . so the LORD'S people are called (1 Pet.5:3); these are CHRIST'S heritage, His peculiar treasure (Ex.19:5), His jewels (Mal.3:17), with whom He is greatly delighted and well pleased . . . much more than men are with their gold and silver, houses and land, and their greatest wealth and possessions. These persons are the inheritance with which CHRIST is very contented and fully satisfied.
Psalm 16:7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. (KJV)
I will bless the LORD . . . just as prayer, so too, gratitude and thanksgiving belongs to CHRIST, as Man and Mediator (Mat.11:25); and here David is determined to praise the LORD, and give thanks to Him for advice and instruction. Most likely the reference here is to the fact that the LORD had counseled David to choose Him as his portion, or had inclined him to His service. When a heart is affected by the HOLY SPRIT, it is more than willing to praise GOD and thank Him. When a person opens their heart’s door to let JESUS in, something wonderful happens! That heart has given way to GOD (Rev.3:20), and there is nothing that can keep us from praising GOD and thanking Him for what He has done for us, and being grateful for the privilege of serving Him, and looking forward to serving Him forever in our resurrected bodies one day (Phil.3:20-21).
Who hath given me counsel . . . for although CHRIST Himself is the Counsellor, in regard to His people, yet as Man, He received guidance from GOD, and the SPIRIT of Gounsel rested on Him (Isa.11:2); fitting and directing Him in how He should execute His prophetic office; because the doctrine JESUS taught was not His own, but His FATHER'S; and JESUS said nothing of Himself, but only what His Father taught Him. GOD instructed Him as to what to speak (Jn.8:26, 28, 38; 12:49-50; 14:10). And He also gave Him guidance as to executing His priestly office, and most likely about His sufferings and death and drinking of the cup, which He as Man, desired might pass from Him; but having advice in this matter, most cheerfully and courageously yielded to take it (Mat.26:39, 42), for He did submit to His FATHER’S will.
My reins also instruct me in the night seasons . . . when engaged in prayer to GOD, in which He sometimes continued an entire night (Luke 6:12); especially in that dark and dismal night in which He was betrayed, when it was the hour and power of darkness with His enemies. At that particular time, His human heart and mind desperately needed to be encouraged by the SPIRIT of wisdom and counsel (Isa.11:2), which helped in how to behave and conduct Himself. Some say that the reins being the seat of the affections, may mean that His strong affection for GOD and love to His people, moved Him to take the steps He did, to deliver Himself into the hands of sinful men, in order to suffer and die for His friends, and obtain eternal salvation for them.
*****My reins. Psalm 7:9-10 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous GOD trieth the hearts and reins. 10 My defence is of GOD, which saveth the upright in heart. (KJV) . . . The reins are here put for the mind, the soul. They were regarded as the seat of the affections (Jer.11:20; Job 19:27). I think that the meaning here is, that in the hours of that dreadful night, when meditating on His divine character and goodness, He found courage and instruction with His FATHER’S help (Psalm 17:3-9).
Consider that JESUS was Man and GOD. The Man part of CHRIST had to die to save us, because Almighty GOD is eternal, and GOD cannot die! (Psalms 72:17; 90:2, 4; 102:12, 27; 103:17; 112:9; 119:42; 135:13).
Consider too, that CHRIST, being Man (Jn.1:14), had fear of what was to come, His being condemned to death by His own people (Mk.15:13; Lk.23:21; Jn.19:6), the horrible flogging and suffering by the Roman government ending in a torturous death on a cruel cross. Have you thanked CHRIST for what He did on that cross for you?
Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. (KJV)
I have set the LORD always before me . . . (Acts 2:26), as CHRIST is set before men in the Gospel, to look unto as the Object of faith and hope, to trust in and depend on for life and salvation. GOD the FATHER is the Object which CHRIST set before Him, and looked to in the entire course of His life here on Earth. CHRIST always had His Eye toward His FATHER’S glory as the final end of all His actions . . . GOD’S will, GOD’S orders and commands, GOD’S purposes, counsel and covenant were in JESUS’ mind to accomplish them; and GOD’S power, truth and faithfulness were there to assist, support and encourage CHRIST in all His many difficulties and most distressing circumstances.
Because he is at my right hand . . . to counsel and instruct, to help, protect and defend: this expresses the nearness of GOD to CHRIST . . . His Presence with Him, His readiness to assist and stand by Him against all His enemies (Psalm 109:31). The Targum says, because his Shekinah rests upon me. See: What is the Shekinah Glory? In Special Comments at the end of this Chapter.
I shall not be moved . . . I shall be safe, I shall not fear, I shall be protected from My enemies (Psalm 10:6; 15:5; 46:5). The words here are those of one who has confidence in GOD in time of the worst of calamities, and who feels that he is safe under GOD’S favor and protection; safe from all the threats and menaces of men; and safe from all the temptations of Satan.
Psalm 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. (KJV)
Therefore my heart is glad . . . because He always had the LORD in view; He was at His right Hand, for His support and assistance. It means an inward joy, a fullness of it, because of the LORD'S Presence with Him (Acts 2:28). The Man CHRIST JESUS must be in constant communion with GOD, His FATHER because He was without spot and blemish (1 Pet.1:19).
And my glory rejoiceth . . . meaning either His soul, which is the most glorious and noble part of man, as some interpret it; or possibly His tongue (Acts 2:26); the ability of speaking, when man has a superior glory and excellence over other creatures, and is that which he glorifies GOD (Psalm 30:12). Here CHRIST'S glorifying GOD, and singing praises with joyful lips, among His disciples, a short while before His sufferings and death.
My flesh also shall rest in hope . . . in the grave, which, as it is a resting place to the members of CHRIST (1 Cor.12:12, 27) from all their sorrow, toil and labor here; so it was to CHRIST their Head, who rested in it on the Jewish Sabbath, that day of rest, and in His Resurrection from the dead, as follows. There is no way in which these and the following words can in any way mean David. JESUS, even on the cross, knew and saw that His rest in the grave would be very short: just long enough to prove the reality of His death, but not long enough to start corruption; which this is well argued by Peter (Acts 2:31) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.GODcannotlie.org/book_of_acts_ch2.htm
Psalm 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. (KJV)
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell . . . NOT in the place of the damned (Lk.16:23), where CHRIST never went, nor was; for at His death, His Holy and pure soul was committed to His FATHER (Lk.23:46; Ps.31:5). CHRIST went to the place of the dead, hades in the New Testament, indicates the state of the dead, the separate state of souls after death, the invisible world of souls, where the Soul of CHRIST was . . . even though it was not left there, nor did it continue there, but on the third day returned back to His Body again.
Neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption . . . meaning to lie so long in the grave as to decay and be corrupted; because He was raised from the dead on the third day, according to the Scriptures. He rose before the time bodies begin to decay (Jn.11:39). This was NOT due to the care of Nicodemus in providing spices to preserve it (Jn.19:39), but of GOD who raised Him from the dead, and gave Him glory; and who would not allow His Body to be corrupted, because He was holy, and because CHRIST was His Holy One. There was NO moral corruption in Him, so there would be NO natural corruption in Him. Jewish literature interprets it: no worm or maggot should have power over him. CHRIST rose again from the dead on the third day: (Mat.17:23; 20:19; Mk.9:31; 10:34; Lk.9:22; 18:33; 24:7, 46; 1 Cor.15:4).
*****This is NOT true of David, or anyone else except the MESSIAH! This character of Holy One is exceptional, and belongs only to CHRIST . . . as He is by far, above all angels and men, for He is the eternal, divine Being (Jn.1:1-2), and agrees only with CHRIST in His divine nature, and is also true of Him as Man. He is the holy thing, the holy child JESUS (Lk.1:35). His nature is pure and spotless, free from the stain of original sin; His entire life was holy and harmless (Heb.7:26), He did no sin, never knew any, nor could any be found in Him by men or devils; His doctrines were holy, and He taught holiness of life.
CHRIST is holy in all His offices, and is the fountain of holiness to His people; and He is GOD’S Holy One, He as GOD’S Son, is Mediator, and as the Holy One was sanctified and sent into the world by Him, being anointed with the His SPIRIT beyond measure (Jn.3:34).
Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (KJV)
Thou wilt show me the path of life . . . this means that even though He was going to die, to descend to the place of the dead, and to lie down in the dark grave . . . yet there would be a path again to the living world, and that path would be shown to Him by GOD. He would NOT stay among the dead, but CHRIST would be brought back again to the living world. This is language which can be found only in believing that there is the resurrection of the dead. The path of life here does not necessarily refer to Heaven, to eternal life, although this does mean that this is the ultimate idea. It is life in opposition from the condition of the dead. The highest form of life is that which is found in Heaven, at the right Hand of GOD; and this shows it was that on which the mind of the psalmist was fixed. Resurrection of the dead: (Mat.22:31; Acts 17:32; 23:6; 24:15, 21; Rom.1:4; 1 Cor.15:12-13, 21, 42; Phil.3:11; Heb.6:2; 1 Pet.1:3; Rev.20:5).
In thy presence is fulness of joy . . . CHRIST, being raised from the dead, ascended to Heaven, and was received up into glory into His FATHER'S Presence, and is glorified in His own self, with His own glorious Presence (Mat.17:2; Lk.9:29; Rev.1:13-16), for which He prayed (Jn.17:5, 24); and which fills His human nature with fullness of joy, with a joy unspeakable and full of glory (1 Pet.1:8). As the Head of His people, the Presence of GOD (Jn.10:30), puts more joy and gladness into them than anything else can ever do; but as yet, their joy is not full . . . but one day it will be when they shall enter into the joy of their LORD, into the Presence of GOD in the bliss of Heaven . . . then everlasting joy will be upon their heads (Isa.35:10).
At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore . . . CHRIST being entered into Heaven is set down at the right Hand of GOD in human nature, an honor that is not conferred on any of the angels (Heb.1:13); where the Man CHRIST JESUS is in the Holy Presence of GOD, with never fading joys of Heaven and the company of angels and glorified saints. Joy will be eternal, not like the joy we have on Earth, which we feel is soon to end; the joy of Heaven shall have no end. Happiness there will be eternal. Losses, disappointment, bereavement, sickness, can never occur there; nor can the expectation of death (Rev.21:4). In eternity, even the most distant period, and countless millions of ages, nothing can ever take away our joy. How different in all these things will Heaven be from Earth! How desirable it is for TRUE believers to leave the Earth, and to enter on those incredible eternal joys!
2 Cor. 5:6, 8 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: . . . . . 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (KJV) . . . Thank YOU JESUS!
*****The path of life is not the way of life and salvation for lost sinners, which is CHRIST Himself; but the resurrection of the dead, which is a passing from death to life.
Philippians 3:20-21 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (KJV) . . . http://www.GODcannotlie.org/phil_ch3.htm
Since CHRIST is the Head of His people, these verses can be applied to all TRUE Christians, who are guided and enlivened by the SPIRIT of CHRIST; and when we have first given glory to CHRIST, in Whom is our everlasting comfort, we may then encourage and edify ourselves and one another with them, and may learn:
(1). It is wisdom and duty to set the LORD always before us, and to see Him continually at our right hand, wherever we are, to see Him as our Master, our Owner, our Judge and our gracious Supporter.
(2). IF our eyes are always toward GOD, our hearts and tongues may always rejoice in Him. IF the heart rejoice in GOD, our lips shall speak and praise His glory (Heb.13:15).
(3). Dying Christians, as the dying CHRIST, may cheerfully put off the body, in the believing expectation of a joyful resurrection. Our flesh also shall rest in hope. Bodies of TRUE believers have little rest in this world, but in the grave, they shall rest as in their beds (Isa.57:2). We have little to hope for from this life, but we shall rest in hope of a better life; as we put off the body in that hope. Death destroys the hope of natural man, but not the hope of a TRUE Christian (Pro.14:32). He has hope in his death, living hopes in dying moments, hopes that the body shall not be left forever in the grave, but, even though it shall see corruption (decay) for a time, it shall, at the end, be raised to immortality. CHRIST’S Resurrection is an earnest (a down payment) of ours IF we belong to Him.
(4). Those who live honestly for GOD, shall die comfortably with Heaven in their mind and heart (Jn.20:31; 1 Jn.5:10-13). In this world sorrow is our lot, but in Heaven there is joy. All our joys here are empty and imperfect, but in Heaven there is a fullness of joy. Our pleasures here are brief and fleeting, but those at GOD’S right Hand are pleasures for evermore; for they are the pleasures of immortal souls in the Eyes an eternal GOD.
Psalm 16 Prophecies Fulfilled in New Testament
#1. Would not see corruption. Psalm 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. (KJV) Fulfilled: Acts 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. (KJV) Acts 13:35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. (KJV)
#2. Was to arise from the dead. Psalm 16:9-11 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. 10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (KJV) Fulfilled: Acts 20:9 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead. (KJV)
What is the Shekinah Glory?
What is Shekinah Glory? Is This In The Bible?
Glory of GOD, Shekinah: (Eze.1:28; 3:12, 23; 8:4; 9:3; 10:19; 11:22-23; 39:21; 43:2, 4-5; 44:4)
JESUS’S glory as GOD was veiled in human flesh but at times His glory, the so-called Shekinah glory, was revealed. What is the Shekinah glory of GOD?
What does the word “Shekinah” mean? It is not in the Bible, so why do we need to know what this word means regarding GOD’S Glory? The word Shekinah is from the Hebrew word “shekinot” and actually is in the Bible where GOD is said to “settle in” or “dwell with.” This word means where GOD is dwelling, settling or where His Divine Presence is. This Glory is seen when GOD’S glory filled the Temple and even in the wilderness where He was a light during the night and the Shekinah cloud of His Glory shaded Israel in the scorching sun of the desert. His Presence was revealed by the intense light that filled the Tabernacle, the Temple in Jerusalem and even in the Transfiguration on the Mount (Mat. 17), where JESUS shone as bright as the sun when He spoke with Moses and Elijah.
JESUS’ Glory of the Transfiguration
JESUS partially revealed His Shekinah Glory on a mountain and allowed Peter, James and John to see this awesome Glory. This is why the Apostle John said that JESUS “dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father” (Jn.1:14); and that JESUS is “the light of men.” John 1:4-7 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. (KJV) . . . CHRIST JESUS is the very essence and nature of GOD as light and that is part of His Shekinah Glory which was why John said “we have seen his glory.”
The Transfiguration is where JESUS allowed Peter, James and John to see His Glory in Matthew 17:1-8. It is where JESUS for a very short time, peeled back His humanity to allow the disciples to see the very Shekinah Glory of GOD. It overwhelmed them just as it does to anyone where GOD reveals His Glory. Humans are like dead men when they see this awesome Glory of GOD!
Genesis 17:3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, (KJV)
Leviticus 9:24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces. (KJV)
Ezekiel 1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake. (KJV)
Ezekiel 3:23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face. (KJV)
Daniel 8:18 Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright. (KJV)
Daniel 10:8-9 Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength.
9 Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground. (KJV)
Daniel 10:17-19 For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me. 18 Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me, 19 And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me. (KJV)
Habakkuk 3:16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops. (KJV)
Matthew 17:2-6 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. 4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. (KJV)
Acts 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? (KJV)
Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: (KJV)
Everyone will see the LORD someday in all His splendor, majesty and Shekinah Glory and ALL will fall down before Him on bended knees.
Isaiah 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. (KJV)
Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to GOD. (KJV)
Philippians 2:10 That at the name of JESUS every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (KJV) . . . Some (a few Mat.7:14), will do so willingly as He is their Saviour, LORD and King but for others, they will wait until He becomes their Judge (Jn.5:22, 27; 2 Tim.4:1, 8; 1 Pet.4:5; Rev.19:11), when He shall send them off into eternal torment (Rev 20:11-15). GOD CANNOT dwell where there is unconfessed sin or where someone has not repented and trusted in CHRIST. It is YOUR decision which of two places you will spend eternity: Heaven or Hell! The day to decide should NOT be put off because today is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2), for tomorrow you may not be here . . . and it will then be your day of condemnation (Jn.3:18, 36; 8:24).
The Lord GOD’S Shekinah Glory
Most people have little, or NO understanding of what the Shekinah Glory of the LORD GOD is, let alone realize the prophetic importance of this awesome Appearance of Almighty GOD. The Jewish rabbis invented this extra-biblical expression, and it is form of a Hebrew word that literally means "he caused to dwell" suggesting that it was/is a Divine Visitation of the awesome Presence or Dwelling of the Lord GOD on this Earth. In order to fully understand the prophetic Passages in the Book of Revelation, we need to carefully understand the idea of the physical appearances or displays of our Creator GOD.
Revelation 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord GOD Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. (KJV) http://www.GODcannotlie.org/rev_ch21.htm
The city has no need for the sun or the moon to shine in it, because GOD’S Shekinah gives it light, and its Lamp is the Lamb. This is very important. The word Shekinah (Sh'khinah) was devised from related words in the Bible which describe the PRESENCE of Jehovah. The word Shekinah is not found in the Bible, but the idea clearly is. Shekinah is also used to describe the spiritual Shekinah Presence in the Tabernacle and later in the first and second Temples.
The word Shekinah is defined in the Encyclopedia Judaica as the Divine Presence, the numinous (spiritual) immanence of GOD in the world . . . a revelation of the holy in the midst of the profane. The Encyclopedia goes on to say: One of the more prominent images associated with the Shekhinah is that of light.
Throughout the Bible the Lord GOD speaks of His desire to have a close relationship with His people. During the time of Moses the added PHYSICAL Shekinah Presence was evidence of the REAL Presence which is omnipresent and unseen. During the Mosaic dispensation the Shekinah was physically disturbing. The Presence then was NOT spiritual . . . it was a PHYSICAL APPEARANCE of the actual Presence of the Lord GOD among His people.
We are to know that there is a difference from the Shekinah and the angel of the LORD. The Shekinah was first apparent when the Israelites set out from Succoth in their escape from Egypt. There it appeared as a cloudy pillar in the day and a fiery pillar by night.
Exodus 13:21-22 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: 22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people. (KJV)
The physical Shekinah was also evident at the crossing of the Red Sea.
Exodus 14:24-25 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, 25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians. (KJV)
The Israelites were led by the physical Shekinah for 40 years, after which the Holy Presence of the omniscient GOD inhabited the Tabernacle and the land of Israel. The Shekinah was not always afterwards physically manifested.
Numbers 35:34 Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell: for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel. (KJV)
Exodus 25:8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. (KJV)
When Moses and the Israelites finished erecting the Tabernacle, the Shekinah of GOD filled it (Ex.6:3; Ps.83:18; Isa.12:2; 26:4).
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