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June 15, 2024

Rēad to Read …Again


Daily Reading: Psalm 9-16

 

Psalm 16:10

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

 

Fourteen Great Prophecies in the Psalms

 

Number One

 

Within the book of the Psalms there are at least fourteen great prophecies of Christ’s life, death, resurrection, and ascension. As we pass by these great prophecies they will be recorded and briefly discussed. The Book of Psalms was the national hymnal of Israel and contains 15o songs the Jews sang. Within those songs there are great prophecies recorded that could only be (and were) fulfilled by Jesus Christ. By the way, simply explained, a prophecy is history recorded before it happens. There are fourteen such occurrences in the book of the Psalms.

 

On to the first. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

About a thousand years after King David wrote Psalm 16, Peter preached in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost where he said of David’s words: He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Acts 2:31-32 

 

It has been said that David wrote Psalm 16 during a time of great trouble. Some believe it was a secret, or silent psalm; one that David may have sung to himself during difficult times. The entirety of the psalm lends itself to this being a very real possibility. Consider the first phrase Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust. There is no greater calm than to do just this; put your trust in God. Some trust in money, and while a person has money that may be well and good. Some trust in intellect, strength, personality, beauty, or ability. But these are all fleeting; they all too soon fade with age or other life occurrences. Where is one’s confidence then? David had all of these, yet his trust was in God. In times of trouble trust in God for in Him we have hope.

 

The cornerstone of that trust, or hope, is the resurrection.  Whether he knew it or not, David was writing about the assurance of God raising Christ from the grave, which he coupled with the confidence that he too would be resurrected from death and the grave. Today, any reader of the Bible has more basis to believe this than David did. We have the New Testament accounts of Christ’s resurrection plus we have this bold assurance: But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. I Corinthians 15:20-23

 

David trusted in God to the point of knowing that death was not the end of his life. We too may have that confidence, but even more so, by knowing that Christ has conquered death thereby giving us the victory (see all of I Corinthians 15). Prophesied by David, fulfilled in Christ, and believed by millions.

 

Dr. William T. Howe

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