We know the sixteenth psalm is a messianic psalm. Both Peter and Paul provide Spirit-led divine commentary on portions of the song indicating that, beyond whatever David had intended in writing it, God determined that it should speak of His Son (Acts 2:25, 2:29-31, 13:35-38). The question then becomes, is there any part of this inspired song that I can take for myself? Though it is about Jesus, the perfect man, is there something for me, the imperfect man, for which He is my perfect example, to apply to my walk today?
Not that I would seek to supplant the Lord Jesus as the primary focus of all Scripture and, specifically, the Yes and Amen of this passage. But, to be honest, these days especially I’m listening more than ever for something from God which was written in “former days” for our instruction, “that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Rom. 15:4). So while I know it’s about Him, I’m on the lookout for something to encourage me. And I think I found it as I’m led to consider my right hand and His right hand.
I have set the LORD always before me;
because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
(Psalm 16:8 ESV)
You make known to me the path of life;
in Your presence there is fullness of joy;
at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
(Psalm 16:11 ESV)
Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Because at His right hand there are pleasures forevermore, the path of life He has graciously made known to me will lead to fullness of joy.
As discussed last night in our men’s Bible study, mine is to set my mind on “the things of the Spirit” (Rom. 8:5). Mine is to not enter my day with eyes to the ground, but to look up, fixing my thoughts on things above, looking to the throne of heaven (Col. 3:20). “From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth” (Ps. 121:1b-2).
As, by faith, I set Him before me so that He is at my right hand, I will not be moved, overthrown, or dislodged. Afflicted? Maybe. But not crushed. “. . . perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (1Cor. 4:8-9).
Whether I look to the suffering Savior who is able to sympathize with my weakness because He “in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15) . . . or look to the risen, exalted High Priest who is even now in the Father’s presence interceding for His own (Heb. 7:25) . . . or consider the soon to return King of Kings who will one day usher in a new day absent of sin and death’s destruction (Rev. 21:1-4) . . . or wait for the Good Shepherd who is even now preparing a place for His own that we might, one day, be where He is (John 14:1-3) . . . However I set Him before me, through His Spirit, I can know the LORD of heaven and earth at my right hand. And in that, I will not be shaken.
And then, I need to ask my resident Illuminator to remind me of what is at His right hand. That He would set my eyes on the prize. That He would help me avert my gaze from the ground immediately in front of me and look down the path of life He has so wonderfully and graciously placed my feet upon. So that, in anticipating the joy of being in His presence on that day, I might know His presence even now and the joy that comes with it. That while the pleasures of that place are beyond imagination, even now I am in the palm of His hand and that, in and of itself, brings delights only experienced in the depths of my soul.
He at my right Hand. I at His.
Because of grace. For His glory.