These two psalms form part of the Messianic teaching in the Old Testament. The first asks the question: Who can live with God? And the second looks at David the Messiah’s prayer to God to preserve his life. Peter quotes this psalm in his sermon on the day of Pentecost as prophesying about the resurrection of Christ. (Acts 2:25-32)
David knew of our resurrection hope!
What a wonderful word we read here. Psalm 16 v6 says, “The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.”
This is true for all of us, regardless of current earthly situation!
In Jesus, we all have a beautiful inheritance, as Peter tells us in 1 Peter ch 1, “… To an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,”
David finds great joy in this, and can say, “I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”
David’s strength, he clearly indicates here, is from the Lord. And his assurance.
V10 is just fantastic, “For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.”
This was true for David, long years before Jesus, but because of Jesus.
This was true, ultimately, for Jesus! He did not see corruption, but came back to life!
And so it is true for us. What an inheritance we have alongside David in Jesus.
Praise God, what a saviour!