This hymn of David describes the Lord delighting in His saints and details God's children joyously celebrating their fellowship with the Father. V. God would guide him to the path of life. 1801-1803. "Commentary on Psalms 16:8". Psalm 15. And how both characteristics contradict the experiences of earth, even the gladdest, which we fain would make permanent! Psalms Chapter 16 תְּהִלִּים א מִכְתָּם לְדָוִד: שָׁמְרֵנִי אֵל, כִּי-חָסִיתִי בָךְ. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/psalms-16.html. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. A dominant idea is an idea which has taken such firm hold of the mind, that it necessarily presents itself along with any other idea that may arise, passes judgment upon it, and either allows it free course, or condemns it to inactivity and ultimate suppression. It implies making the Lord’s glory the end of all our aims. Convictions are of two kinds. All this is so much the more encouraging to us because if He, the “Man of Sorrows,” was nevertheless able to possess so sweet content, it must be possible for us, whose lot is not so bitter. The Psalmist’s anticipation is a singularly modest one. Psalm 16:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 16:8, NIV: "I keep my eyes always on the LORD.With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken." Psalm 16:8 (NRSV) I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. (A. Maclaren, D. D.), Dissipation is the parent of mediocrity. First, then, life here may be God’s presence with us, to make us steadfast. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-16.html. So we come to consider that higher form of the Divine presence which is suggested by the contrast in my second text. “I have power,” said He, “to lay it (My life) down, and I have power to take it again.” “I lay it down of Myself.” He did as He had said. I have always presented him to my mind as my rule and scope, as my witness and judge, as my patron and protector, in the discharge of my office, and in all my actions. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". II. No! What it means is not known. 1871-8. 5. 1840-57. At my right hand— Close to me, and at the place for most opportune aid. IV. If we are doing anything, whether work or amusement, in which we could not bear to think of God, we may be sure that work or amusement is wrong. there is nothing else that will stay a man’s soul. (A. Maclaren, D. D.), That needs that we shall shut out a great deal besides, as a man that wants to see something on the horizon will hold his palm above his eyes to exclude nearer objects and the glare that dazzles. And think of the forces that are brought to bear upon us, the shucks of calamity and sorrow by which we are beaten and battered, the blasts of temptation by which we are sometimes all but overthrown, the floods that come and beat upon our house. The former are instinctive, springing into life full grown. Primitive man hears a voice rebuking mere animal desire, which says, "Thou shalt not eat of it," and the moment that voice is heard a moral nature has arisen and heaven becomes possible. Thus, then, God will not be in any true sense before our face unless we set Him there. The same necessity exists in religion. It portrays God as the portion of our inheritance, and we discover in this Psalm, words of David that were directly quoted by the apostle Peter.. on the day of Pentecost, where we read: I foresaw the Lord continually before me, because He is at my right hand - that I may not be moved. Our text clearly imparts to us the secret of this peace, It is--, I. BibliographyGill, John. I have regarded myself always as in the presence of God; I have endeavored always to feel that, his eye was upon me. The conviction of danger, and of possible destruction, takes shape at once in the minds of all on board. Browse Sermons on Psalm 16:8. And it means that the man, thus acquired and taken to the Father’s heart, is distinguished and honoured--“grant that these, my two sons, may sit, the one at Thy right hand, the other at Thy left.” Nor must we forget that there is still a loftier conception attached to this emblem of “the right hand,” which was not within the horizon of the Psalmist, but is within ours. The Antitype alone realized this perfectly (cf. Success cannot be had without this. To me, it’s like nourishment. They are born of emergencies and experience. It needs that we shall resolutely concentrate our thoughts upon Him. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/psalms-16.html. In prosperity he will remember God; in adversity he will trust God; in death he will be without fear; in the judgment day he will have confidence. Behold every nerve, every faculty, upon the stretch to supplant, to undermine, or to surpass his rivals, and to attain the dizzy preeminence to which he aspires. What it is to set the Lord always before us. We shall be shifted into the orb that is nearest the sun; and oh! It is too precious to die; it is too great and pure and noble to have anything to fear from the accident of corporal death. I. It guards the heart against the world and Satan. This is one reason why regular habits of prayer, of worship, of reading God’s Word, of Holy Communion are so helpful and cannot safely be neglected. David was a man after God's own heart and many of the psalms he penned foretold of Jesus.. the coming Messiah, Who would rise from the dead, ascend into heaven and sit at the right hand of the majesty on high, until God finally placed all His enemies under His feet. It will be admitted that few men get out of the powers with which they are endowed all they might get. It makes no difference as to the fact whether we believe it or not. Thus begin with realising the Divine presence. Used by Permission. 1. 4. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. The first prediction is that Christ, when He should come, would “set Jehovah continually before Him,” i.e. ↑ The emotions are the first parents of ideas. The hardest part of the road to heaven is that which has to be traversed three times: once when you go over it at first, a second time when you have to return with weeping to find your lost evidences, and then again when you have to make up for lost time. Psalms 16:9.—J. The most natural, the most necessary, the most regulating, the most inspiring, idea is that of God. 2. What shall be our dominant idea? Conclusion: He will bring us there. According to some, it is derived from a verb which means to hide, and denotes a mystery or secret. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 16:8. When a man has shut himself up to one thing as the source and strength of his happiness he will find out a great deal about that one thing. And the gladness is perpetual, in that, having nothing to do with physical causes or externals, there is no cause of change and no certainty of reaction. 28. “He is at my right hand.” The Psalmist means that by the turning of his thoughts to God and the effort he makes--the effort of faith, imagination, love, and desire--to bring himself as close as he can to the great heart of the Father, he realises that presence at his side in an altogether different manner from that in which it is given to stones and rocks and birds and beasts and godless men. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-16.html. "Commentary on Psalms 16:8". Joseph Benson's Commentary. A version of Psalm 16:8-11 appears in Acts 2:25-28, Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost. I keep my eyes always on the LORD. I. 2. Ah! Psalm 16:8 says, “I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” Because his refuge, his treasure, his sovereign, his counselor is always before him, and at this right hand, therefore, he says, “I will not be shaken.” Which is a negative way of saying: “I will be preserved.” 4. BibliographyClarke, Adam. 2. Browse Sermons on Psalm 16:8-11. Survey the votary of ambition. 2. 4. ); and, consequently, was always assured of the assistance of God, and of the faithfulness of his promises. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. A. I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. From this passage we are furnished with an argument which overthrows the fabrication of the Sorbonists, (330) that the faithful are in doubt with respect to their final perseverance; for David, in very plain terms, extends his reliance on the grace of God to the time to come. The purpose of this study is simply to look at one of those passages, namely, the use of Psalm 16:8-11 in Acts 2:25-28 and attempt to articulate how Peter is handling the psalm.1 First, the paper will discuss the meaning of the psalm in its OT context. It needs special training, determination, and practice. I have made thee an iron pillar and brazen walls, and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail’-that is weak man, stiffened into uprightness, and rooted in steadfastness by the touch of the hand of a present God. If it is worse than ourselves it draws downward. It is to maintain a supreme and habitual regard for God, according to the relations which He sustains towards us. Go to. The idea of God stands upon exactly the same ground as all our other intuitions. New York. I shall not be moved] i.e. I woke up and started reading in the Word. Escape sorrows? See Psalm 10:6; Psalm 15:5. [NLT SB] In David's eyes, God was no mere abstraction, but a Person actually at his side. In age--by remembering that the night cometh; work, while it is called today; seek mercy while yet it may be found. God will not be, in any true sense, before our face unless we set Him there. A heathen philosopher admonished his disciples to imagine that the eye of some illustrious personage was always upon them. In the world, if a man has fixed his supreme regard on wealth, though he may often think and talk on other subjects, yet he never forgets this one. You may lose your roll, like Christian in the arbour, and you may go back again and find it, lint it is very hard going back over the same ground. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. I. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-16.html. A ship strikes a rock and begins to sink. Try to form the habit of setting the Lord always before you; for if He is at your right hand you shall never fall. The Psalmist again shows the firmness and stability of his faith. Version. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. Psalms 16:8, Psalms 16:11. The glory of the Lord is that one object of surpassing importance which absorbs all other considerations. In all other gladnesses there is always in the landscape one bit of sullen shadow somewhere or other, unparticipant of the light, while all around is blazing. DD. And they only are wise who answer, “I will walk before the Lord in the land, and the light of the living.” As I have already said, this thrilling and continual consciousness of the Divine presence is the surest basis for the expectation of immortal life. It must be acted on from without, must have magnetic virtue imparted to it. A realisation of true communion with God is the guarantee that the man who has it shall never die. I have already pointed out briefly the connection between these two portions of my text, and I need only remark here that the link which holds them together is very obvious. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. There is abundance of sweet music, but there are multitudes of people to whom it means no more than the rumble of the carts in the streets. Because he is at my right hand. Psalms 16:8. It was because his whole soul clave to God, with the intelligent and reasonable conviction and apprehension that in God alone was all he needed. This and the following verses are quoted by Peter in his sermon on the Day of Pentecost. If we stay ourselves on God, amidst struggle and change here, He will gladden us yonder with perpetual joys. But how should we live if God were seen looking on? 29 — bracketing the song with His Name. He is at my right hand - the position of one's defender (Psalms 73:23; Psalms 121:5). They do not constrain the various forces of their nature into one direction, nor fling them with concentrated intensity on their object. 8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. As the source from which we are to derive solace and comfort under every trial. And He resolutely met it. 2. This implies--. The idea of God is our birthright. Where He comes He comes to help; not to be a spectator, but an ally in the warfare; and whoever sets the Lord before him will have the Lord at his right hand. My daily bread. John Trapp Complete Commentary. They apply to Him. Let me quote you two or three plain words. You would not wish to have hanging up in your sitting room, and constantly in sight of your children, a picture of Herodias with the head of John the Baptist, or of a crazed mother in the act of murdering her babe. So also may we, and do we? It implies making Him the object of our trust and dependence in all circumstances. A mountain is a constant temptation to climb, and when we find yet higher summits beyond we want to climb them also. . Receive then a lesson from the children of this world (Luke 16:8). I know the LORD is always with me. “He is at my right hand.” “At Thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.” God before my face, and I before God’s face; God at my right hand, and I glad at His. And secondly, if so, life hereafter will be our presence with God to make us glad. If, then, we observe that here, in these two verses which I have read, there is a very remarkable parallelism, we shall get still more strikingly the connection between the devout life here and the perfecting of the same hereafter. We must make our chosen idea into an established monarchy. 2. Hitherto David seems to have spoken in his own person, and with special respect to himself; but now he seems to have been transported by a higher, inspiration of the Spirit of prophecy, and to be carried above himself, and to have an eye to the man Christ Jesus, who is and was the end of the law, and the great scope of all the prophets, and to speak of himself only as a type of Christ, and with more special respect unto Christ, in whom this and the following verses were much more truly and fully accomplished than in himself. Because there is neither government nor concentration nor dominant idea in men’s lives, they never do much, never grow any size. What it is to set God always before us. But who is the person who is thus singularly content? "Commentary on Psalms 16:8". Psalm 110:5 The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. At home and abroad, in cities and in the fields, in solitude and in society, behold him steadily bearing in mind the object to which he has dedicated his life. This Psalm is titled, A Michtam of David. The holdfast cannot be a part of the chain. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-16.html. (Haydock) --- Defend me from the furious countenance of my enemies. 3. See then that you obey Him, lest you be destroyed forever. And, certainly, it would be a very miserable condition to be in, to tremble in uncertainty every moment, having no assurance of the continuance of the grace of God towards us. It must be fastened to a fixed point. Psalm 16:8 Translation & Meaning. The consciousness of it depends upon our whole nature. He finds Him self-revealed. "Time will run back and fetch the age of gold.". BibliographyNicoll, William R. "Commentary on Psalms 16:8". i.e. Psalms 16:8-11.—A. So that, with new modes of manifestation and new capacities of apprehension, we shall draw nearer and nearer to the sun that we beheld here shining through the mists and the clouds. Our religious course is a constant warfare. The way of the grave did not seem the gate of life, but in reality it was so. He took again that dishonoured body, to be dishonoured no more. It prepares us for the day. 1. ‘Because He is at my right hand I shall’-What? Thank You that He is continually before us. See John 17:4. "Commentary on Psalms 16:8". For I suppose that no earthly joy is either central, reaching the deepest self, or circumferential, embracing the whole being of a man, but that only God can so go into the depths of my soul as that from His throne there He can flood the whole of my nature with felicity and peace. Note how, even in our translation, the latter verse is largely an echo of the former, and how much more distinctly that is the case if we make a little variation in the rendering, which brings it closer to the original. (A. Maclaren, D. D.), The presumptuous man in one of the Psalms speaks thus: In my prosperity I said, I shall not be moved. The bar of steel does not point naturally to the pole, but anywhere. II. ), God always sees us, whether we think of it or not. 1859. 1 Michtam of David. It is the fact of its always pointing there that gives it its value. Anything is conceivable rather than that a man who walks with God shall cease to be! The visitor to St. Mark’s, in Venice, may follow for himself the footsteps of the earlier catechumen; ]passing into the Christian temple through a vestibule of Old Testament history wrought in mosaic pictures, and then reading on the walls and domes within the truths of crucifixion, resurrection, the baptism of the Spirit, and the coming of the Lord to judgment,--all arranged in the order of Christian thought. We know this because both Peter and Paul quote from Psalm 16 and apply it to the Lord Jesus (see Acts 2.25-28, 36; 13.35-39). With any regret or remorse as to the past. EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS Title. It was not wholly nor mostly idolatry which filled the old churches up with pictures. Psalm 16:8 - How To Keep Jesus At Your Right Hand. Psalms 16:8-10.—Archbishop Thomson, Lincoln's Inn Sermons, p. 62. Though Satan stand at the right hand of a godly man, to resist and annoy him, Zechariah 3:1, yet so long as God is at his right hand, to assist and comfort him, and he at God’s right hand, Psalms 45:9 (which is a place of honour and safety), he cannot be moved. Is it safe or wise ever to forget Him? "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". For many are eye servers and men pleasers. The terms of this portion of the Psalm show distinctly that it is prophetic of the Messiah. What a profound consciousness of inward weakness and of outward antagonism there breathes in that humble and modest hope, as being the loftiest result of the presence of Omnipotence for our aid: ‘I shall not be moved’! As such, the interpretation must proceed upon a literal and historic sense only so far as that is an ectype of the prophetic and spiritual. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. Eye. I speak now of the steadfastness which He brings by His coming. I. Lastly, if we let ourselves be stayed by God amidst the struggle and difficulty, we shall be gladdened by Him with perpetual joys. (2) Setting God before our face carries with it a power of growth. This is the first of them. 2. How many of us have known what it is for the one that stood at our right hand to vanish, to change. A. The fear of death at one time cast its dark shadow over the soul of the Redeemer, and we read that, "he was heard in that he feared." Hitherto David seems to have spoken with respect to himself, but now he is transported by the spirit of prophecy, and carried above himself, to speak as a type of Christ, in whom this and the following verses were truly accomplished. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 16:8". At one time action is governed by one centre, and at another by another, and this is why we see the strange contradictions which surprise us in the lives of so many men. No more than the sunshine can be flashed back from a tarnished steel mirror, can the consciousness of God’s presence live in an impure soul. They are roughly made, badly painted and tinselly, but for all that they are reminders to people of holy thoughts; they are meant to call the mind of the passers-by in the midst of work or amusement to God. Psalm 16:8, Psalm 16:11. This having God before the face requires persistency. I have set the Lord always before me - This verse, and all to the end of Psalm 16:11, are applied by St. Peter to the death and resurreetion of Christ. In prosperity--by being grateful to Him. The motions are the first parents of ideas. But in many cases these intellectual centres, whose presence within us indicates our claim to be men, seem to arise accidentally, to be the product rather of external circumstances than of internal intention. 5. May I never be shaken, knowing that Christ is seated on the right hand of the majesty on high, and by death has conquered death and given life-eternal to all who believe in Him.. in Whose name I pray, AMEN. If a man loves God, and trusts Him, and ‘walks with Him,’ after the fashion described in our former verse, then there will spring up, irrepressible and unconquerable, a conviction in that man’s soul that this sweet and strong communion, which makes so much of the blessedness of life, must last after death. The use of the Old Testament in the New is an intriguing area of study including detailed research on scores of explicit citations as well as allusions in an attempt to understand how the NT writers understood and used the Old Testament. 2012. But it may be asked, is not God always before us? That is, the language used by those who now worship him is designed to give encouragement in approaching his throne. Bible Gateway Recommends. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/heg/psalms-16.html. To connect them together as some do in this way, I have set the Lord continually before me, because he is at my right hand, would give a meagre meaning to the words, and take away much of the truth which is taught in them, as it would make David to say, that he measured God’s presence according to the experience he had of it; a mode of speaking which would not be at all becoming. Then note, still further, that if thus we have made God present with us, by realising the fact of His presence, when He comes, He comes with His hands full. Verse 8. There are, unquestionably, large tracts of the Old Testament in which the anticipation of immortality does not appear, and there are others in which its presence may be doubtful. He was aware how highly important to him was this near presence of the Almighty, and what a beneficial, influence it shed over all his prospects. God’s presence cannot be proved. Assuredly we can. "Commentary on Psalms 16:8". (A. Maclaren, D. D.). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-16.html. If you ever are to come into the blessedness of the life yonder, you must begin with the life of faith in Jesus Christ here and now. BibliographyTrapp, John. Such a life cannot be lived in any other manner. 8. "Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.". There is a diversity of opinion as to the meaning of the title of this Psalm. We need the courage which only the presence of the Lord can impart. 1. So, God is blazing there in front of us, but unless we set ourselves to it, we shall never see Him. 1. David penned the heart of Christ with the these wonderful words: Whom have I in heaven but You and there is none on earth that I desire beside You, This Messianic Psalm bears witness to the Person and character of Christ.. for He only said and did those things that He heard from the Father.. for He delighted to say: Thy will not Mine be done. Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. What will they do from whose thoughts God is habitually excluded, when He shall be revealed in the clear light of eternity? That Divine Presence is the source of all strength and blessedness. In an age of few books, men and women learned mostly by the eye. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". And it is this fact of persistence which gives value to David’s saying. The subject before us is self-government by means of a dominant idea. This leads to a state of mind in which we can readily recur to God in our thoughts. And I cast this into two or three words before I close. 4. I have set — I have always presented him to my mind, as my witness and judge, as my patron and protector. As one who only too sadly proved the truth of his own words, burning out his life before he was six-and-thirty, has said-. 1865-1868. He writes in Psalm 16:8, “I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Next, we see the word ‘Selah’. Wesley's Psalms 16:8 Bible Commentary 16:8 I have set - I have always presented him to my mind, as my witness and judge, as my patron and protector. "Sermon Bible Commentary". BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. Notice the other clause. And this was one of those lessons that his reins had taught him, that the Holy Spirit had dictated unto him. In holy obedience we shall be steadfast therein. Compare the notes at Acts 2:25. ‘I have set the Lord always before me,’ says the one,-that is the present. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-16.html. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. King James Version (KJV) Public Domain . Many call Psalm 16 the golden verse. Preparation for all the scenes of life, for death and heaven. His death. That applies in regard to the life here and the life hereafter. There is sense, and all that it reveals to us; there are duties, necessary, possibly blessed, but actually often disturbing and limiting; and the thickest and most opaque of the three screens, there are the sins which dim our capacity, and check our inclination of realising the Divine presence. “At my right hand”; then I stand at His left, and close under the arm that carries the shield; and close by my instrument of activity, to direct my work; my Protector, my Ally, my Director. When we think of our inner weakness, when we remember the fluctuations of our feelings and emotions, when we compare the ups and downs of our daily life, or when we think of the larger changes covering years, which affect all our outlooks, our thoughts, our plans; and how. If you are cultivating your farm; if you are selling your articles in the market or in a shop; if you are serving a master in your daily labour; if you are managing the concerns of your friend or of your country: remember that God is contemplating all your motive, all your thoughts, all your words, all your actions; and that for all your motives and thoughts and words and actions you will have to render an account at the judgment seat of Christ (Revelation 20:12). Restraining ruling ideas spring up naturally. Always in earnest prayer at the beginning of every day. It is what people call a moral thing; and it rises and falls like a sensitive thermometer, if a cloud comes between the bulb and the sun. As your Sovereign and your Judge. In the daily business of our life--to keep us diligent, just in our dealings, and honest in all our transactions. Because it is so great in itself, and because, being so great, its developments and influence are so strangely and sadly checked, the faith that knits a man to Christ demands eternity for its duration, and infinitude for its perfection. The practice of setting the Lord always before us is a bright evidence of the sincerity of our faith. I set the eye of my faith full upon him, and suffer it not to take to other things; I look him in the face, oculo irretorto, as the eagle looketh upon the sun; and oculo adamantino, with an eye of adamant, which turns only to one point; so here, I have equally set the Lord before me, without irregular affections and passions. What does this verse really mean? Conclusion E. Vaux, Sermon Notes, 3rd series, p. 52. The heart must be pure, and the heart must be still, and the mind must be detached from earth, and glued to Heaven, and the glasses of the telescope must be sedulously cleansed from dust, if we are to be blessed with the vision of God continuously before our face. It is as necessary to remember God, as to draw breath, saith Chrysostom. He tells us that he did not come down from heaven to do his own will, but the will of the Father who had sent him. Enoch walked with God. Though the archers shoot grievously at me, and both men and devils seek my destruction, and God sets himself against me as an enemy, withdrawing his favour from me, and filling me with deadly sorrows, through the sense of his anger; yet I do not despair, but am assured that God will deliver me out of all my distresses. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/psalms-16.html. Faith is a living and abiding principle, constantly in operation. The text is the utterance of such conviction, and it is the keynote of the whole Psalm. That is the Psalmist’s teaching, and I will try to enforce it. Psalm 16:8 - How To Keep Jesus At Your Right Hand. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. Psalm 16:8 in all English translations. Since David was a king, the place he gave God was especially honorable. We find our Lord continually sustaining Himself by the consoling presence of His Father. 1599-1645. xii., p. 18. That is made plain by the ‘therefore’ which, in one of the intervening verses, links the concluding rapturous anticipations with the previous expressions. There are, unquestionably, large tracts of the Old Testament in which the anticipation of immortality does not appear, and there are others in which its presence may be doubtful. BibliographyHengstenberg, Ernst. Noel.). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/psalms-16.html.