Divine Empowerment of Leaders

Divine Empowerment of Leaders, Study of Luke (Page 13)

By Allen Quist 

The Resurrection of Christ Was Unknowingly Prophesied by David

According to Herrick, there are many unanswered questions about Psalm 16, including who wrote the Psalm, when the author wrote the psalm, and exactly what the author meant with the text (1-3). Herrick argues the psalm is David’s Psalm of Confidence and breaks the text into two divisions: “The Lord is His Portion in Life (Psalm 16:1-8) and the Lord Will Preserve Him (Psalm 16:9-11)” (Herrick 3). The critical question is what David meant, “the Lord Will Preserve Him.” Did he mean God would preserve him from death or deliver him out of death? (Herrick 3). Herrick summarizes Psalm 16:1-7 as David’s uneasiness about his earthly wellbeing and not in any way eschatological (Herrick 4). However, the greater concerns for this paper are verses 8-11 as they are the verses quoted in Acts 2.

Psalm 16
Acts 2
25For David says concerning him,
8 I keep the LORD always before me;

because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

‘I saw the Lord always before me,

for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;

my body also rests secure.

26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;

moreover my flesh will live in hope.

10 For you do not give me up to Sheol,

or let your faithful one see the Pit.

27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,

or let your Holy One experience corruption.

11 You show me the path of life.

In your presence there is fullness of joy;

in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

28 You have made known to me the ways of life;

you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’


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