Have Confidence & Rejoice: God Will Not Abandon Us – 4/11/20

Clint and Missy Wivell

Psalm 16:9-10 – “Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.”

 

From Petition to Confidence 

Psalm 16:9 begins with, Therefore, so in order to see what it’s there for, we need to look at the whole of Psalm 16. Psalm 16:1 begins with David pleading, “Preserve me, O God.” Preserve him from what? We will see this in verses 9 and 10 but a lot happens before we get to the joy in verse 9. David’s petition in verse 1 turns into unshakable confidence by verse 8. And it’s this confidence that leads to his “therefore” of joy in verse 9.  

 

But how did David go from crying out to God to unshakable confidence? We see in verses 1a-8 that David goes immediately from petition to declarations and exultations of who God is for him. Placing God before him, David was declaring to himself that:  

  1. God is his safest refuge (Psalm 16:1) 
  2. God is his sovereign Lord (Psalm 16:2) 
  3. God is his supreme treasure (Psalm 16:2) 
  4. God is his trusted counselor (Psalm 16:7) 

When David is reminded of the truth of who God is for him, his petition in verse 1 turns into his confidence in verse 8 which turns into his rejoicing in verse 9!

 

From Confidence to Rejoicing

Now back to verses 9 and 10, here we learn what was on David’s heart in his plea, “Preserve me, O God,” from death, body and soul; “…my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.” And while David has confidence in the coming Messiah, with the full revelation of the New Testament, we now place our confidence in Jesus, as the One who was prophesied, who triumphed over death and whose body did not see corruption in the grave. And Romans 8:11 promises that “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”  

 

So even in uncertain times we can have glad hearts and rejoice with our whole beings because like Psalm 16, Romans 8 promises that “Neither death nor life…nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (v. 38-39). 

Prayer Points

 

  1. Let us pray and declare who God is for us (our safest refuge, our sovereign Lord, our supreme treasure, our trusted counselorthat our pleas may turn into unshakeable confidence and rejoicing in the Lord with our whole beings. 
  2. Pray that we’d be a people at Citylight Church full of unshakable confidence in the Lord, trusting and rejoicing in His promise that He will not abandon us in life or in death. 
  3. Pray that our community would come to know Jesus Christ as Lord, placing their confidence in Him for the forgiveness of their sins and rejoicing in His promise of everlasting life.