(A. Maclaren, D. D.), That steadfastness will come to us by the actual communication of strength, and it will come to us because in the consciousness of the Divine presence there lies a charm that takes the glamour out of temptation and the pain out of all wounds. III. “In Thy presence is fulness of joy.” But that presence is not secured by the individual’s efforts, but is poured upon him in its effulgence from the throne itself. "Commentary on Psalms 16:8". To be trundled into a grave by anybody who will deign to give us a push is not a very fine business for the heirs of all the ages. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. The first section shows five ways to make the Lord your treasure: Though the archers shoot grievously at me, and both men and devils seek my destruction, and God sets himself against me as an enemy, withdrawing his favour from me, and filling me with deadly sorrows, through the sense of his anger; yet I do not despair, but am assured that God will deliver me out of all my distresses. Psalm 73:23,26 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand… Psalm 109:31 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul. - Psalm 16:8. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-16.html. The heart must be pure, and the heart must be still, and the mind must be detached from earth, and glued to Heaven, and the glasses of the telescope must be sedulously cleansed from dust, if we are to be blessed with the vision of God continuously before our face. And it is this fact of persistence which gives value to David’s saying. There was philosophy as well as enthusiasm in the apostle’s exhortation to run, looking unto Jesus, and in Paul keeping his eye on the prize of his high calling, and reaching forth to that which is before. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. This hymn of David describes the Lord delighting in His saints and details God's children joyously celebrating their fellowship with the Father. Just as David's was a man whose heart was right towards the Lord and who stood in stark contrast to those that worshipped other god's.. and upon whose heads God will pour out great judgement and wrath.. even so Christ's earthly life is the exemplification of a man Whose heart was perfect before God - a life that demonstrates that the pathway to life and joy only comes through Him. Our text directs our thoughts to the greatest of all Beings, the source of all happiness. If we would desire any real help now, and promised blessings hereafter, God must be to us ever present. For God’s presence is the ultimate present. For the length of his days, the psalmist wants to be in the presence of the LORD 30 – continuously, 31 “time and [time] again”. There are, unquestionably, large tracts of the Old Testament in which the anticipation of immortality does not appear, and there are others in which its presence may be doubtful. God has shewn particular attention to protect the apple of the eye. The visitor to St. Mark’s, in Venice, may follow for himself the footsteps of the earlier catechumen; ]passing into the Christian temple through a vestibule of Old Testament history wrought in mosaic pictures, and then reading on the walls and domes within the truths of crucifixion, resurrection, the baptism of the Spirit, and the coming of the Lord to judgment,--all arranged in the order of Christian thought. It is what people call a moral thing; and it rises and falls like a sensitive thermometer, if a cloud comes between the bulb and the sun. Our Price: $34.99. It is impossible that any real hurt can befall those who have the Lord always at their right hand. And, brother! Here there is always something lacking; yonder there is fulness of joy and no satiety. Peter and Paul saw in Psalm 16:8-11, and in Psalm 16:10 b, respectively, prophecies concerning the resurrection of Jesus Christ (cf. New York. How flail the pillar on which your happiness rests. David was a man after God's own heart and many of the psalms he penned foretold of Jesus.. the coming Messiah, Who would rise from the dead, ascend into heaven and sit at the right hand of the majesty on high, until God finally placed all His enemies under His feet. A mountain is a constant temptation to climb, and when we find yet higher summits beyond we want to climb them also. BibliographyClarke, Adam. The anchor of the soul, sure and steadfast, which will neither break nor drag, can only be firm when it ‘enters into that within the veil.’ God, and God only, can thus make us strong! Psalms 16:8 Context. 7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. (Worthington) --- Wings, as a hen does her chickens. See then that you obey Him, lest you be destroyed forever. The terms of this portion of the Psalm show distinctly that it is prophetic of the Messiah. The latter mature slowly. The Master’s eye is to many servants most important, to make them careful and diligent. Psalms 16:8-11.—A. Thou didst hide Thy face, and I was troubled.” Ah! Clifford says, “Belief in God and in a future life is a source of refined and elevated pleasure to those who can hold it.” Here is the idea ready to our hand. But here there can be no hesitation, I think, as to the meaning of these words. I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Bible / Our Library / Bible Commentaries / The Treasury of David / Psalm / Psalm 16 / Psalm 16:8; Share Tweet. The secret of a quiet heart is to keep ever near God. Hitherto David seems to have spoken chiefly in his own person, and with special regard to himself, but now he appears to be transported by the Spirit of prophecy, to be carried above himself, and to have an eye to the man Christ Jesus only, who is, and was, the end of the law, and the great subject and scope of all the prophecies. He finds Him self-revealed. Psalm 16:8, ESV: "I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken." Set the Lord always before me—Acting as under his eye, and “as seeing Him who is invisible,” Hebrews 11:27. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-16.html. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. Observe how for us, here and now, circumstanced and occupied and distracted as we are, that clear consciousness of God’s presence will inevitably fade and shatter unless we are careful to preserve it. Wesley's Psalms 16:8 Bible Commentary 16:8 I have set - I have always presented him to my mind, as my witness and judge, as my patron and protector. That Divine Presence is the source of all strength and blessedness. This is the conviction of emergency, But the conviction of a man’s worth must come by experience, and must wait long for its maturity. In age--by remembering that the night cometh; work, while it is called today; seek mercy while yet it may be found. Our Lord did this. Joseph Benson's Commentary. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. NLT: New Living Translation . Trusting always in the Lord’s presence, “Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.”. 1. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/psalms-16.html. I suppose that the saddest fate for a man is to live solitary. And there is only one thing that will make us steadfast, and that is that we should be, if I might use such a figure, bolted and lashed on to, or rather incorporated into, the changeless steadfastness of the unmoved God. “I have set . This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. This it was that made Him suffer and never complain. it is much to say, ‘I shall not be moved.’ And when we think of the obstacles that surround us, of the storms that dash against us, how we are swept by surges of emotion that wash away everything before their imperious onrush, or swayed by blasts of temptation that break down the strongest defences, or smitten by the shocks of change and sorrow that crush the firmest hearts, it is much to say, in the face of a world pressing upon us with the force of the wind in a cyclone, that our poor, feeble reed shall stand upright and ‘not be moved’ in the fiercest blast. Success cannot be had without this. David does not say, “The Lord is always,” etc.,” but, “I have set Him always,” etc. The seed of heaven is sown in the furrows of this world. Psalm 110:5 The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. (3) It engenders hope. my friend, ‘why do ye spend your money for that which is not bread?’ The life of faith on earth is the beginning, and only the beginning, of that life of calm and complete felicity in the heavenly places. I shall be satisfied when I wake out of this sleep of life into Thy likeness. "Commentary on Psalms 16:8". 8. “Not be moved.” That is true all round, in regard of all the things which may move and shake a man. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". To be able to stand on the spot, with steadfast convictions, with steadfast purposes, with steadfast actions-continuously in one direction; ‘having overcome all, to stand’-that is as much as the best of us can desire or expect, in this poor struggling life of ours. "Commentary on Psalms 16:8". “Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.” A very humble result to be accomplished by so great a thing as the actual presence of God at a man’s side. It is called "Michtam of David," but Michtam is the Hebrew word untranslated—the Hebrew word in English letters—and its signification is involved in obscurity. Only this, that I will be able to keep my place, and stand steadfast. But here there can be no hesitation, I think, as to the meaning of these words. “I have set the Lord always before my eyes.” “Before Thy face is fulness of joy.” The one is the summing up of the devout man’s life on earth. "Commentary on Psalms 16:8". David then reckons himself secure against all dangers, and promises himself certain safety, because, with the eyes of faith, he beholds God as present with him. Our text clearly imparts to us the secret of this peace, It is--, I. Thank You that He is continually before us. Through the prophetic pen of Israel's king David we see Christ.. Who is the example of the perfect Man, Whose heart is sanctified unto the Lord and Who lifted up His voice in humble prayer and obedient praise to God for His guidance and counsel. These words were true of Jesus Christ. “I shall not be moved”; all is well, “because He is at my right hand.” (Marvin Vincent, D. D.), The earthly and heavenly forms of companionship with God. He is at my right hand - the position of one's defender (Psalms 73:23; Psalms 121:5). They do not constrain the various forces of their nature into one direction, nor fling them with concentrated intensity on their object. The bar of steel does not point naturally to the pole, but anywhere. Peter quoted Psalm 16:8-11 on the day of Pentecost as a messianic prophecy ( Acts 2:25-28). (Baptist W. Because it is so great in itself, and because, being so great, its developments and influence are so strangely and sadly checked, the faith that knits a man to Christ demands eternity for its duration, and infinitude for its perfection. But what is the eye of Plato to that of God? The holdfast cannot be a part of the chain. 3. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. Contemplate the votary of science. You who are not Christians, you are not happy. A constant sense of the presence of God is a sure means of counteracting the influence of the fear of man, which bringeth a snare. The Benefits of a Life-Commitment to God. If we turn our faces to God here His face will shine on us yonder. ‘Because He is at my right hand I shall’-What? ); and, consequently, was always assured of the assistance of God, and of the faithfulness of his promises. They are roughly made, badly painted and tinselly, but for all that they are reminders to people of holy thoughts; they are meant to call the mind of the passers-by in the midst of work or amusement to God. David penned the heart of Christ with the these wonderful words: Whom have I in heaven but You and there is none on earth that I desire beside You, This Messianic Psalm bears witness to the Person and character of Christ.. for He only said and did those things that He heard from the Father.. for He delighted to say: Thy will not Mine be done. Psalm 16:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 16:8, NIV: "I keep my eyes always on the LORD.With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken." Then, again, if you will keep God at your right hand here, He will set you on His hereafter. And so is it in learning of God. Such piety is attended with God’s constant protection and friendship. (Worthington). The sense here is, that the psalmist felt that God, as his Protector, was always near him; always ready to interpose for his defense. I suppose that we mortal millions live alone after all companionship; like islands in a waste of ocean, with no communications. You try to keep pictures of wholesome subjects as well as of beautiful forms before your children’s eyes; because you know that they are insensibly educated by familiarity with such things. "Commentary on Psalms 16:8". Both Peter and Paul (Acts 2:25-28; 13:35-37) affirm that David wrote this psalm (as the title indicates). EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS Title. And this was one of those lessons that his reins had taught him, that the Holy Spirit had dictated unto him. The gates of hell shall never prevail; Christ, our Samson, hath flung them off their hinges. Restraining ruling ideas spring up naturally. The courageous stability of faith. It was because his whole soul clave to God, with the intelligent and reasonable conviction and apprehension that in God alone was all he needed. Praying through Psalm 16:8 . King James Version (KJV) Public Domain . If we are doing anything, whether work or amusement, in which we could not bear to think of God, we may be sure that work or amusement is wrong. A sense of the Lord’s constant presence would be a spur to our diligence and activity in endeavouring to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. And we need that He should come to make us blessed. 2. He is not far from “every one of us”; but we may be very far from Him, and we are very far from Him unless by effort we set Him before us. What it is to set the Lord always before us. And persistency is needed. And how both characteristics contradict the experiences of earth, even the gladdest, which we fain would make permanent! Christ as man did always set his father's will and glory before him. If we live so companioned, counselled, championed, by a God made present, not by His omnipresence but by our consciousness of it, then be sure of this, that the time will come when He who came to earth, as it were, and stood at our right hand, will lift us to the heavens, and plant us at His. I set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". (A. Maclaren, D. D.), That needs that we shall shut out a great deal besides, as a man that wants to see something on the horizon will hold his palm above his eyes to exclude nearer objects and the glare that dazzles. "Commentary on Psalms 16:8". II. (C. H. They do not. A.). I have set the Lord always before me - By night as well as by day; in my private meditations as well as in my public professions. It also occurs in Psalms 56-60. It implies an habitual regard to the Lord’s will as the rule of our actions. Our Lord Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father and He is interceding on behalf of all who are called by His name. Assuredly we can. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-16.html. Moved — Though the archers shoot grievously at me, and both men and devils seek my destruction, and God sets himself against me as an enemy, yet I am assured he will deliver me out of all my distresses. “Thou wilt show Me,” etc. Psalm 16:8 says, “I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” Because his refuge, his treasure, his sovereign, his counselor is always before him, and at this right hand, therefore, he says, “I will not be shaken.” Which is a negative way of saying: “I will be preserved.” There is a spiritual inertia to be overcome, and a perverse tendency. Mark how the Psalmist came to this effort. Study the Inner Meaning Sacred pictures are placed at intervals by the wayside, among the mountains and woods, in the streets of villages and towns. Is it safe or wise ever to forget Him? ‘At Thy right hand are pleasures for evermore’-the steadfastness here merges into eternal delights hereafter. (1) He finds himself revealed. The meaning, therefore, is, that David kept his mind so intently fixed upon the providence of God, as to be fully persuaded, that whenever any difficulty or distress should befall him, God would be always at hand to assist him. what a rapture of light and life and heat will come to our amazed spirits: ‘I have set the Lord always before me.’ Twilight though the light has been, I have tried to keep it. “No man hath seen God at any time.” And when he says “always” he does not mean that he was always actually thinking of Him. But how should we live if God were seen looking on? Yet David means that he believed and felt God to be near him, and that he would frequently hold communion with God. But who is the person who is thus singularly content? BibliographyCalvin, John. 1. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. "Sermon Bible Commentary". Let me quote you two or three plain words. Those who set the Lord always before them have an habitual impression of His all-seeing eye and immediate presence. BibliographyHengstenberg, Ernst. How many of us have known what it is for the one that stood at our right hand to vanish, to change. 4. III. What do we summon some one to come and stand beside us for? V. God would guide him to the path of life. The way of the grave did not seem the gate of life, but in reality it was so. 4. He is at my right hand — To strengthen, protect, assist, and comfort me. Observe in what manner they set their object, be it what it may, always before their eyes. The image seems to be a military one: the shield of the right-hand comrade is a protection to the man beside him. Decide for Him now. 3. To set the Lord always before us is the secret of good living, is the true preparation for heaven. How many men in Manchester walk its streets from year’s end to year’s end, and never look up to the sky except to see whether they must take their umbrellas with them or not? How quietly we may live above the storms if we only live in God. Let us ask for grace to enter into His spirit. And then he goes on to say, ‘Because He is at my right hand.’ Not only in front of you, then, David, to be looked at, but at your side! Let this idea but become dominant, a new heaven and a new earth will arise, wherein dwelleth righteousness, and speckled vanity will sicken soon and die. I. Acts 2:25-28; Acts 13:35-37). The first prediction is that Christ, when He should come, would “set Jehovah continually before Him,” i.e. There are, unquestionably, large tracts of the Old Testament in which the anticipation of immortality does not appear, and there are others in which its presence may be doubtful. And the reason is, their lives proceed without rule or system. I have set, &c. Quoted in Acts 2:25-28; Acts 13:35. We must make our chosen idea into an established monarchy. At home and abroad, in cities and in the fields, in solitude and in society, behold him steadily bearing in mind the object to which he has dedicated his life. ‘I have set the Lord always before me,’ says the Psalmist. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mac/psalms-16.html. The purpose of this study is simply to look at one of those passages, namely, the use of Psalm 16:8-11 in Acts 2:25-28 and attempt to articulate how Peter is handling the psalm.1 First, the paper will discuss the meaning of the psalm in its OT context. I have spoken of the effort which brings God. Saul had declared himself against David, because he had been chosen to succeed him, and thus he opposed the designs of God. ‘I have set the Lord’-He permits me to put out my hand, as it were, and station Him where I want Him, that I may always have Him in my sight, and be able to look at Him and be calm and blessed. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/psalms-16.html. You have to look, by a conscious effort, over and away from the things that are ‘seen and temporal’ if you want to see the things that are ‘unseen and eternal.’. In this His believing members copy their Head (Isaiah 50:10). "Commentary on Psalms 16:8". Compare the notes at Acts 2:25. The great majority of men allow their lives, as they do their beliefs, to go anyhow. Heavenly Father, we rejoice in the joy of our salvation and celebrate in the truth that Christ - our risen, ascended glorified Lord, is seated on the right hand of the Father in heavenly places. for whom all things procure good, Romans viii. What shall be our dominant idea? Psalm 15. Nature sets her mark on character. I have already pointed out briefly the connection between these two portions of my text, and I need only remark here that the link which holds them together is very obvious. And then, note, still further, the steadfastness which God brings. You who are not Christians, but think yourselves happy. He took again that dishonoured body, to be dishonoured no more. The psalmist so deeply depends on the Lord for strength and joy that he senses that God is right beside him. If you find walking with God dull, then you have not the first essentials of such a life. It carries with it a power of growth. James draws a picture of a man beholding his natural face in a glass. In all that our Lord did, said, or suffered, he kept the glory of the Father and the accomplishment of his purpose constantly in view. It is in our power to choose what idea we shall be ruled by, and, having chosen, it is in our power to make the idea a ruling one. Psalms 16:8. Psalms 16:8. Anything is conceivable rather than that a man who walks with God shall cease to be! The use of the Old Testament in the New is an intriguing area of study including detailed research on scores of explicit citations as well as allusions in an attempt to understand how the NT writers understood and used the Old Testament. 1. Most scholars consider this to be a Song of Confidence or Trust like Psalm 23, yet it begins with a very lament-like plea for help in verse 1. "E.W. 1801-1803. In adversity, sickness, and death--by trusting Him, submitting to Him patiently, remembering how little your sufferings in comparison with your sins. 1685. And all who tread in His steps may share in His consolation. "Commentary on Psalms 16:8". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-16.html. Psalm 16:8, Psalm 16:11. "Commentary on Psalms 16:8". Psalms Chapter 16 תְּהִלִּים א מִכְתָּם לְדָוִד: שָׁמְרֵנִי אֵל, כִּי-חָסִיתִי בָךְ. Can we help its being so? Where God is sin cannot be, and where God is all beauty must be. I consider, therefore, the words, I have set the Lord continually before me, as a complete sentence, and David set the Lord before him for the purpose of constantly repairing to him in all his dangers. We can say but little of what is meant by such a hope as that. So, dear friends, let us see to it that we fasten our aims and purposes, our faith and love, our submission and obedience, upon that mighty Helper who will be with us and make us strong, that we may ‘stand fast in the Lord and in the power of His might.’. As your Sovereign and your Judge. But here there can be no hesitation, I think, as to the meaning of these words. And we have to shear off not less if we would know the best knowledge, and be experts in the highest art in life. Christ as man did always set his Father’s will and glory before him, as he himself oft declareth, especially in St. John’s Gospel. When we speak of having at our right hand anyone, we mean as counsellor, companion, strengthener, ally; as fellow fighter, guide, and defender. 4. "Commentary on Psalms 16:8". A dominant idea is an idea which has taken such firm hold of the mind, that it necessarily presents itself along with any other idea that may arise, passes judgment upon it, and either allows it free course, or condemns it to inactivity and ultimate suppression. The recompense. 6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. 2. 5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. Our religious course is a constant warfare. 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