Daily Family Worship

Psalm 16: The Precious Secret

by | Apr 9, 2024

psalm 16

It is not sin alone that characterizes our world, for misery goes hand in hand with sin. And hence, as the preceding Psalm set before us One Who was holy in the midst of a world lying in wickedness – even though breathing its air, walking on its highway, handling its objects, and conversing with its inhabitants – so also, this Psalm exhibits One who is truly happy, notwithstanding the world of broken cisterns around Him, and the sighs carried to His ear on every breeze. This happy One is “the Man of Sorrows” – none other than He! For Peter, in Acts 2:31, declares, “David speaketh concerning him!” This happy One (followed in all ages by His chosen ones) walks through many a varied scene; and at every step, He expresses satisfaction and perfect contentment with His Father’s arrangements. In verses 1 and 2, he tells – with complacent delight – into Whose hands He has committed His all: “Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee.” In other words, “Whatever is good or blessed in My lot makes no pretensions to add anything to Your blessedness, or to overshadow You; nor do I allow the bliss I enjoy to supersede Him Who blesses me.” And does not every member of His body respond to all this? Who among them does not reply, “My Lord and my God! You are the very bower of bliss under which I sit. We are blessed in You, but You do not need us to bless You!”

Being satisfied with His Father as God, Lord, and Guardian; the Savior is equally pleased with the sphere within which He must move – namely, the company of His saints. We read that “Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.” None on earth seem to Him so pleasant and honorable as His own people, and no less is He pleased with His separation from all idols and all idolatry (see verses 3 and 4). Does not every member of His body respond, “Amen”? But how instructive and wonderful it is to find, in verse 5, such entire contentedness with the Lord’s doings, and such a recognition of His will! For it was enemies who brought our Lord Jesus many a bitter cup to drink; and worse yet, it was “not an enemy,” but a treacherous friend, who plunged the dagger into His heart – and yet in all this, He sees the Lord giving Him His cup and His portion. How remarkable it is to hear (verse 6) the Man of Sorrows telling us that His lines have fallen to Him in pleasant places! He Who did not even have a place to lay his head – how happy He is! What a calm contentment sits upon His pensive brow! Earth and hell are unable to destroy His blessed lot. During His earthly ministry, He found communion with His Father when others slept – in the secluded valleys and hills of Galilee, on the Mount of Olives, and in the wilderness (verse 7). The presence and care of His Father is a source of enjoyment in itself (verse 8). All may be scattered and leave Him alone; but yet He is not alone, for His Father is with Him! 

Such joys as these still gladden every believer’s soul, just as they refreshed the “Author and Finisher of our faith!” He drank of these brooks by the wayside, “therefore was his heart glad.” In order that He might endure to the end, he tasted of necessary draughts in his sore undertaking; but He also enjoyed draughts of refreshment of the kind which we have just mentioned in the paragraph above. We, too, can taste the same; and we need the same. And we also need what follows in verses 9 and 10 – namely, secure confidence in the prospect of death, and the hope of blessed resurrection! Jesus, our Head, laid His flesh in Joseph’s tomb – expecting the future result, which was a speedy resurrection. His soul was not left to be to be separated for a long time from His Body; out of Paradise, it was soon to come – and on the third day, it was to rejoin its Body before corruption could begin! And since we are members of His Body, we are just as sure of a return of our own souls to join our brand-new bodies on the Resurrection Morning, when “this corruptible shall put on incorruption.” And thus to both the Head and His members, their full satisfaction shall be experience ed forever. He and they shall both tread the path of life, and enter into “fulness of joy” and “pleasures for evermore” – the blessedness of the everlasting heavenly Kingdom!

Lord, we give thank for the assurance that although we may go very low, and even into the lowest dungeon of doubt for a while; yet we shall not perish there; for Your promise gives us hope that out of death, darkness, and despair – we shall yet arise to life, light, and liberty! Amen.

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