Therefore, my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices,
My body also will rest secure,
Because you will not abandon me to the grave,
Nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
You have made known to me the path of life,
You will fill me with joy in your presence,
With eternal presence at your right hand.”
“Therefore, my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices,”
David was relieved of the burdens his heart and he gave praise to God for what He did. When God takes away a burden do we give praise in our churches? Do we give praise in our homes? We should rejoice whenever we receive favor from the Lord.
“my body also will rest secure,”
David would rest and not be weary from all the duties he had to attend to. When we walk with Jesus, we can find we have more energy and begin to feel better. We might even sleep better than if we let issues build up in our hearts.
“because you will not abandon me to the grave,”
David makes a statement of faith with these words. He believes God will not forsake Him when he comes to the end of his life. We who follow Jesus know that our spirits, who we truly are, go to Jesus immediately after we pass away from this earth.
“You have made known to me the path of life,”
God guided David through his life, especially the difficult episodes. David wrote numerous poems about God and his relationship with Him. He has guided each of us through tough times, some of which may have been of our own making.
“you will fill me with joy in your presence,”
David tells God that He gives joy to him whenever the shepherd king is in the Lord’s presence. We present day believers experience this joy every time we enter a season of personal prayer, each time we pray with another believer, and when we gather to worship with fellow Christians.
“with eternal presence at your right hand.”
David looks ahead to Jesus Christ in this last phrase. We know Jesus sits at God’s right hand. When he went to heaven, he was with Jesus. When it’s our turn to enter heaven’s gates, we will be with Jesus. We will be there eternally.
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