Devotional Thought for Today 04/20/2022

PSALM 16

CONTEXT: The (AMP) version calls this [a]Mikhtam of David [probably intended to record memorable thoughts]. While the (NBLA) Version heading reads, El Señor, herencia del justo en vida y en muerte The Lord, inheritance of the righteous in life and in death. Matthew Henry breaks it down as follows: This psalm has something of David in it, but much more of Christ. It begins with such expressions of devotion as may be applied to Christ; but concludes with such confidence of a resurrection (and so timely a one as to prevent corruption) as must be applied to Christ, to him only, and cannot be understood of David, as both St. Peter and St. Paul have observed Acts 2:24; 13:36. For David died, and was buried, and saw corruption. I. David speaks of himself as a member of Christ, and so he speaks the language of all good Christians, professing his confidence in God (v. 1), his consent to him (v. 2), his affection to the people of God (v. 3), his adherence to the true worship of God (v. 4), and his entire complacency and satisfaction in God and the interest he had in him (v. 5-7). II. He speaks of himself as a type of Christ, and so he speaks the language of Christ himself, to whom all the rest of the psalm is expressly and at large applied (Acts 2:25, etc.). David speaks concerning him (not concerning himself), “I foresaw the Lord always before my face,” etc. And this he spoke, being a prophet (v. 30, 31). He spoke, 1. Of the special presence of God with the Redeemer in his services and sufferings (v. 8). 2. Of the prospect which the Redeemer had of his own resurrection and the glory that should follow, which carried him cheerfully through his undertaking (v. 9-11).

I think everyone goes through a time of feeling abandoned or left out by “friends or “family.” This is especially hard when the cause is merely your Faith getting in the way of the relationship, Matthew 10:21-22, Matthew 10:34-39. Our main text v.10 above reminded me that no matter who abandons us Christ never will. His “loyalty” to those who are faithful to Him is unquestionable, even when we occasionally fail.


Compassionate Loyalty

“And many women were there looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him” (Matthew 27:55).

The women who supported Jesus’ ministry all the way to the cross are fine examples of compassionate loyalty.

Caring, consistent loyalty is a wonderful characteristics of godly women. This trait is probably more evident in them than it is in godly men. The women by the cross were the main group of believing eyewitnesses to Jesus’ crucifixion. They also showed incredible loyalty in the face of ridicule and danger. This courage contrasted with the disciples who, except for John, had fled in fear the night before Jesus was crucified…


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