Psalm Sixteen

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Michtam of David.

Michtam. The term “michtam” is applied also to Psalms 56-60. Its meaning seems to suggest meditation with deep feeling and significance.

Psalm 16:1 Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

in thee. This prayer is prophetic of Christ (note Psalm 16:10), most likely representing the prayer of His heart in the Garden of Gethsemane just before His arrest and crucifixion.

Psalm 16:2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;

Psalm 16:3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

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.

Psalm 16:5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

mine inheritance. Jesus, in His humanity, had no inheritance, not even “where to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20). Nevertheless, He had a “goodly heritage” (Psalm 16:6), because His Father had promised “the nations for thine inheritance” (Psalm 2:8).

my cup. The Father's promise, however, involved Christ first drinking a very bitter “cup” (Matthew 26:39).

Psalm 16:6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

Psalm 16:7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

reins. See note on Psalm 7:9.

Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

always before me. See Acts 2:25-28, which Peter quoted from Psalm 16:8-11, in his great sermon at Pentecost.

Psalm 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

my glory. Rendered as “tongue” by Peter, following the Septuagint. It is appropriate to equate the glory of Christ with His tongue, for “never man spake like this man” (John 7:46).

flesh also shall rest. This statement speaks prophetically of Christ's burial in Joseph's tomb.

Psalm 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

to see corruption. His Spirit descended into Sheol, but He returned to raise His own resting body before His flesh could begin to decay.

Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

at thy right hand. This is the first of twenty-one Biblical references to Christ ascending to the Father's right hand following His resurrection. See note on Psalm 110:1.