psalm 16:8 meaning

“The sheep at His right hand; the goats at His left.” It means that. This leads to a state of mind in which we can readily recur to God in our thoughts. 6. ‘I have set the Lord always before me,’ says the Psalmist. This is the conviction of emergency, But the conviction of a man’s worth must come by experience, and must wait long for its maturity. 8.) God’s presence cannot be proved. E. Vaux, Sermon Notes, 3rd series, p. 52. I shall. 2. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-16.html. You have to look, by a conscious effort, over and away from the things that are ‘seen and temporal’ if you want to see the things that are ‘unseen and eternal.’. Now, so to habitually regard God as to secure the practical influence of all these perfections and relations of God upon us is to set the Lord always before us. 1905-1909. 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. Let us do this, setting the Lord always before us. NLT: New Living Translation . This hymn of David describes the Lord delighting in His saints and details God's children joyously celebrating their fellowship with the Father. I shall not be moved - I shall be safe; I shall not be disturbed by fear; I shall be protected from my enemies. 29 — bracketing the song with His Name. (A. Maclaren, D. D.), Dissipation is the parent of mediocrity. Yet David means that he believed and felt God to be near him, and that he would frequently hold communion with God. The psalmist so deeply depends on the Lord for strength and joy that he senses that God is right beside him. 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. The language here is that of one who has confidence in God in time of great calamities, and who feels that he is safe under the divine favor and protection. 3. I have set the Lord always before me, Not his fear only, or the book of the law, as Jarchi interprets it, but the Lord himself; or, "I foresaw the Lord always before my face", Acts 2:26; as Christ is set before men in the Gospel, to look unto as the object of faith and hope, to trust in and depend upon for life and salvation; so Jehovah the Father is the object which Christ set before him, and looked unto in the whole course of his life here on earth; he had always an eye to his glory, as the ultimate end of all his actions; and to his will, his orders, and commands, as the rule of them; and to his purposes, and counsel, and covenant, to accomplish them; and to his power, truth, and faithfulness, to assist, support, and encourage him in all his difficulties and most distressed circumstances; because he is at my right hand: to counsel and instruct, to help, protect, and defend: the phrase is expressive of the nearness of God to Christ, his presence with him, and readiness to assist and stand by him against all his enemies; see Psalm 109:31; so the Targum paraphrases it, "because his Shechinah rests upon me"; I shall not be moved: as he was not from his place and nation, from the duty of his office, and the execution of it, by all the threats and menaces of men; nor from the fear, worship, and service of God, by all the temptations of Satan; nor from the cause of his people he had espoused, by all the terrors of death, the flaming sword of justice, and the wrath of God; but, in the midst and view of all, stood unshaken and unmoved; see Isaiah 42:4. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. To me, it’s like nourishment. Those who set the Lord always before them have an habitual impression of His all-seeing eye and immediate presence. If you are the Lord’s you will delight in living near to Him. Look up to Him and be comforted. “Thou wilt show Me,” etc. 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. 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. Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. If we regard them carefully, we shall not only see clearly the Psalmist’s hope of immortal life, but shall discern the process by which he came to it, and almost his very act of grasping at it; for the first verse of our text is manifestly the foundation of the second; and the facts of the one are the basis of the hopes of the other. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. 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. 1. xxii., No. If we live so companioned, counselled, championed, by a God made present, not by His omnipresence but by our consciousness of it, then be sure of this, that the time will come when He who came to earth, as it were, and stood at our right hand, will lift us to the heavens, and plant us at His. 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. Through the prophetic pen of Israel's king David we see Christ.. Who is the example of the perfect Man, Whose heart is sanctified unto the Lord and Who lifted up His voice in humble prayer and obedient praise to God for His guidance and counsel. This Psalm is titled, A Michtam of David. Because he is as my right hand] To help me that I fall not, saith R. David, or as a thing that I cannot but remember, as being of continual use to me. Christ as man did always set his Father’s will and glory before him, as he himself oft declareth, especially in St. John’s Gospel. There is a diversity of opinion as to the meaning of the title of this Psalm. And He resolutely met it. We must determine to associate our idea with all our pleasures and labours; to bring it before our mind every day. I have set the Lord always before me — I have always presented him to my mind as my witness and judge, as my patron and protector, in the discharge of my office, and in all my actions. Now, it is in the same way that we set the Lord always before us. It must be fastened to a fixed point. God comes to us here, and is sword and shield; yonder He will be palm and crown. How many of us have known what it is for the one that stood at our right hand to vanish, to change. 1871-8. 1599-1645. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. BibliographyClarke, Adam. Survey the votary of ambition. Psalm 16:8, Psalm 16:11. II. David then reckons himself secure against all dangers, and promises himself certain safety, because, with the eyes of faith, he beholds God as present with him. They are born of emergencies and experience. 4. 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. (W. Page Roberts, M. “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. I shall not be moved] i.e. But when prosperity fled self-confidence fled with it, and at length he learned to say, as he goes on to tell us, “by Thy favour Thou hast made my mountain to stand strong. BibliographyGill, John. The emphasis of the last words of my text is rather on the adjectives than on the nouns-full joy, eternal pleasure. We must settle with ourselves that that one thing must be recalled whatever else is forgotten. 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’. 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