7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
This is perhaps one of the most beautiful parts of scripture. There are so many truths enmeshed in this text. It’s like a chocolate chip cookie, with truth spread through each bite. (Silly analogy, I know.) But when we examine it and bring ourselves to obey it, His riches flow directly into us.
There must be an understanding, and verses 7-8 brings Him very close to us. We connect in a special way. The Psalmist describes us having a direct awareness of His close presence. But he also describes his general attitude toward the Presence of God. He wants to be aware–24 hours a day, continuously.
Verses 9-10 are describing a victory over death. The Psalmist has come to a definite point, he can no longer see death the way everyone else does. He understands it to be a very silly charade, and somehow he sees through it. Because of the Lord’s intervention, he comes to this delicious point. The ugly obscenity of death, is completely undone.
This confidence of the Psalmist is further extended. He thinks and feels like he is bulletproof. Nothing touches or degrades his faith. He walks out into life and into the confusion. But you must understand this. His faith in God has made him “teflon.” And indeed he does process a deep understanding of the source of love and joy, he knows it. As he taps into this, he will now have the real possibility of overcoming the darkness, that could very easily absorb him.
The deep truths of this particular Psalm has the incredible potential to transform us into supernatural people. As we focus on Psalm 16, and endeavour to make it our own, it will change us and it has the power to revolutionize us in a most profound way. I say, let it come.