The Most Golden Crops on This Side of the Cross

The idea of studying Psalm 16 by starting at the beginning and working my way through the verses in order presented a difficulty, namely dealing with the “me” in Verse 1.

So, I decided to start by using a different approach, to come into the study from the point of understanding that God has blessed us to have on this side of the cross. We are privileged to see the fulfillment of Messianic prophecies in what Christ Jesus did for us! We have his ministry accounts recorded for us in the new testament and, in it also, the quotes from Psalm 16 that Peter and Paul made.

Peter’s quote:

Acts 2:25-28 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: 26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: 27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

Paul’s quote:

Acts 13:35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

And the passage Peter was referring to wherein Paul quoted just the part about Jesus not seeing corruption:

Psalm 16:8-11 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. 10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

To me, the new testament is full of golden crops always ready to be harvested. But the most golden passages and verses are those that show the fulfillment of Messianic prophecies. Seems to me now that whenever fulfillment scriptures are a part of a topic of study that they should be harvested first. And that is why I have gathered the two new testament quotes above. Lord willing, I can soon take a good, long look at Peter’s and then Paul’s applications of their respective Psalm 16 quotes.

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