Handel used this next portion in Psalms 16 to remind us that our long awaited Savior would conquer death. David penned the words of this psalm as a prayerful plea to God for His protection, guidance and victory over death in the many battles and struggles he faced. How much more these words applied to our Savior during His life! Both Peter and Paul quote these verses in speaking of Jesus as he faced death and died, but that the grave could not keep Him and He rose from the dead.
Psalm 16:9-11 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
God did not abandon Jesus after death as He rose from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. Peter preached these words about Christ in Acts 2:26-33 as he spoke to the crowds at Pentecost. Paul preached with these words in Acts 13:35-37 at the synagogue in Antioch. These words exude confidence that Jesus would not see decay bring us hope. He would not rot in the grave and return to dust but conquer death through the power of God. Romans 8:11 “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” Praise God we have that spirit living within us! Belief in Jesus brings freedom from the curse of death. 2 Corinthians 4:14 “because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.” Do you have that hope? Praise Him if you do and seek Him if you do not.
The psalmist also wrote that this risen one would then be seated in heaven at God’s right hand. Ephesians 1:19b-21 tells us of Jesus’ place in heaven “That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” Colossians 3:1 also gives this truth “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”
The Psalmist’s words foretelling Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and placement in heaven are confirmed throughout the New Testament. What joy and hope they should bring to us! Through the power of God, believers do not see death, eternal punishment and separation from God, but rise to live with Him in eternity. We will see Him seated on His heavenly throne at God’s right hand. What a glorious day that will be!
Praise God today for coming and making all this possible through our faith in Him. Thank you Jesus. You came to seek and to save those who are lost. We can be assured today you will find us and save us for all eternity.