“For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.” – Psalm 16:10
Psalm 16 is deserving of the title “The Golden Psalm” because we discover golden jewels of truth in this short but satisfying Psalm. What I love most about it, though, is that we are not left to human interpreters for the key to its golden mystery. Speaking by the Holy Spirit, Peter tells us that “David says this concerning him” (Acts 2:25). This Psalm is all about Jesus since in the ninth and tenth verses, like the apostles on the mount, we see “no man but Jesus only.” [i]
The hardest ‘job’ for me today is choosing one gem of truth in this Psalm to stare intently at and write about. There are so many! Read Psalm 16 for yourself, and you will understand what I mean.
But since I must choose only one verse, Psalm 16:10 captured my eye this week, so that is what we will be observing today.
David Guzik writes, “Wonderfully (and perhaps unknowingly), David spoke beyond himself. In one sense he was indeed the Holy One of God, whose soul would not be left in the grave. Yet in a greater and more literal sense, only Jesus Christ fulfills this in his resurrection.” [ii]
This verse was observed by Peter on the Day of Pentecost, who said God raised up [Jesus], loosening the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it” (Acts 2:24).
In quoting this passage, Peter showed a mature understanding of the work of Jesus on the cross. He understood that Jesus remained God’s Holy One even as he bore our sin on the cross. Since God’s Holy One couldn’t be bound by death, the resurrection of Jesus was inevitable to him.
And it can be inevitable to us too. Scripture testifies that Jesus, God’s Holy One, one was not abandoned to Sheol (also translated as “Hell”) nor did he see corruption (also translated as “ditch” or “pit”), so may this be another reminder for us that our God is not dead, but fully alive.
Romans 8:34 says, “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”
But how does the death and resurrection of our Savior inform our everyday lives as Christians?
Well, for one, we have the power of our resurrected Savior living inside of us. And because of this, we have been supplied with all we need to die to sin and live in Christ every day.
We have all we need to do what God has put in front of us to do.
We have all we need to love the people he’s put in front of us to love.
We have all we need to serve the people he’s put in front of us to serve.
We have all we need to fight pride and walk in our Savior’s humility.
We don’t always believe this this though, do we? We like to do life by our own strength and will. We opt for self-reliance rather than reliance on Christ. We forget how much we need him every single moment of every passing day.
I know I do, at least. And sometimes, I wish I would believe more fervently that the power of my resurrected Jesus lives inside of me. Maybe then I could effectively do all that he’s put in front of me. Maybe then my fears wouldn’t grip my life and my perfectionism wouldn’t keep me from living in step with God’s grace.
My humble cry tonight is, “Help me unbelief, Lord. Help me to believe that your power lives inside of me and to live in light of your death and resurrection every day.”
May it be yours too.
Hebrew translation of the words Sheol and corruption: https://biblehub.com/lexicon/psalms/17-1.htm