June 13, 2022

Psalm 16:11

Written by:
Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy


Psalm 16:11

11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.


These words were penned by David as the last verse of a psalm in which he spoke of his assurance concerning the abiding presence of God’s goodness throughout his life. Incidentally, the last section of this psalm (namely verses 9 to 11) has been cited by the apostle Peter in Acts 2:25-28 to refer to Christ’s death and resurrection, saying, “For David speaketh concerning him”. According to Acts 13:35-37, the apostle Paul, while preaching at Antioch, also cited a portion from verse 10 of this psalm in reference to Christ’s resurrection, saying, “Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” So, these words of David transcended his own experience and became prophetically true in Christ.

Thus in a fuller sense, the joyful experiences associated with Christ’s resurrection are true of believers of all ages. Christ’s resurrection guarantees both spiritual and bodily resurrection to all who come to Him by faith. Our blessing of eternal life and hope of resurrection are all built upon Christ’s death and resurrection. We are all spiritually united in Christ’s experience of resurrection, for Paul says in Ephesians 2:6, “And (God) hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus”.

So like David, every believer can say with thanksgiving to the resurrected Christ, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Everyone who walks with the risen Lord will be shown the path of life, where His presence always provides fullness of joy while His right hand bestows pleasures. On earth and in heaven, we shall have these inexhaustible spiritual experiences continually.

The believer’s life is a journey with the risen Christ through the path of life. Even when he goes through the valley of the shadow of death, he can be filled with the hope of eternal life. With the risen Christ, sin and death cannot destroy his soul’s spiritual joy and pleasure. Only with the Lord Jesus Christ can one have those glorious experiences. No one can inherit those experiences on his own. Neither can one find them in the things of this world. Only Christ can show and provide the everlasting life, joy and pleasures.

Gethsemane Bible-Presbyterian Church adheres to the system of faith commonly known as the “Reformed Faith” as expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith together with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
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