Daily Devotional Tuesday 5th October

by William Moody

Psalms 15–16

Who Shall Dwell on Your Holy Hill?

A Psalm of David.

15:1   O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent?
    Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
  He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
    and speaks truth in his heart;
  who does not slander with his tongue
    and does no evil to his neighbor,
    nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
  in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
    but who honors those who fear the LORD;
  who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
  who does not put out his money at interest
    and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
  He who does these things shall never be moved.

You Will Not Abandon My Soul

A Miktam1 of David.

16:1   Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
  I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
    I have no good apart from you.”
  As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
    in whom is all my delight.2
  The sorrows of those who run after3 another god shall multiply;
    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
    or take their names on my lips.
  The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;
    you hold my lot.
  The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
  I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
    in the night also my heart instructs me.4
  I have set the LORD always before me;
    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
  Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being5 rejoices;
    my flesh also dwells secure.
10   For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
    or let your holy one see corruption.6
11   You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Footnotes

[1] 16:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
[2] 16:3 Or To the saints in the land, the excellent in whom is all my delight, I say:
[3] 16:4 Or who acquire
[4] 16:7 Hebrew my kidneys instruct me
[5] 16:9 Hebrew my glory
[6] 16:10 Or see the pit

(ESV)

In Psalm 16 David is looking for refuge and he turns to God (v1). He acknowledges that God alone is his hope (v2). There needs to be an exclusiveness in our faith.

David’s commitment to God means commitment to God’s people and opposition to the ways of those who follow false gods (v3-4). We cannot be devoted to God and fail to be opposed to false religion.

Davis is filled with praise for God’s blessings on his life (v5-8). His faith is living and joyful. Is your faith like this?

David’s joy is that he will be secure beyond the grace (v9-10). Peter tells us that David is acting here as a prophet speaking of Jesus’ resurrection (Acts 2 v29-32). David’s great hope is in Jesus and the salvation He alone can bring.

David is thrilled, excited, full of praise for the life, the joy in God’s presence and eternal pleasures he will have through Jesus (v11). In all situations we have so much to praise God for.

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