ANCHORED DAILY: Psalm 16:8-11, Acts 13:32-37

posted by Bethel Communications | Nov 24, 2022

Throughout my life, when I have been asked why I believe in Jesus as my Savior, one of my answers has often revolved around the old testament prophecies. The fulfillment of so many prophecies written such a long time before Jesus came to earth is strong evidence that He is the Messiah.

Hello, and welcome to another edition of Anchored Daily. I’m Kent Ladendorf, one of the staff members here at Bethel Church.

The prophetic words of King David that we are looking at today can be found in Psalm 16, verses 8-11.

They say, 

I always let the Lord guide me.[a]
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad
and my whole being rejoices;
my body also rests securely.
10 For you will not abandon me to Sheol;


Now, pay careful attention, because this next brief sentence is our focus today:

you will not allow your faithful one to see decay.

11 You reveal the path of life to me;
in your presence is abundant joy;
at your right hand are eternal pleasures.


Now, the Jews in the days of the Apostles Paul and Peter and the other disciples knew these words of David were messianic prophecy. They understood that “the faithful one” mentioned refers to the coming Messiah.

We now shift our attention to Acts 13. This passage captures one of Paul’s sermons given in the synagogue at Antioch. As is typical, Paul begins with a review of the history of the children of Israel. He comes to the point of that history where God put David in the position of King over Israel, reminding these Israelites that David was a man after God’s own heart. Paul notes the direct lineage of Jesus from David, declares him as the Savior, and describes Jesus’ death on the cross. Here’s where we come to the New Testament passage that is our focus, Acts 13:32-37.

32 And we ourselves proclaim to you the good news of the promise that was made to our ancestors. 33 God has fulfilled this for us, their children, by raising up Jesus, as it is written in the second Psalm:

You are my Son;
Today I have become your Father. 

34 As to his raising him from the dead, never to return to decay, he has spoken in this way, I will give you the holy and sure promises of David. 35 Therefore he also says in another passage, You will not let your Holy One see decay. 36 For David, after serving God’s purpose in his own generation, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and decayed, 37 but the one God raised up did not decay.

Paul begins this section by stating he and his companions are proclaiming the good news of the promise made to the Israelites that He would raise Jesus from the dead. He makes the point that David did die, was buried, his body decayed, but the promise that God’s “faithful one or holy one would not see decay” shows the fulfillment of the prophecy in Psalm 16.

As we begin to prepare for celebrating the birth of our Savior, let’s remember that His birth is the beginning of the story. It is a story that was predicted centuries before, includes the good news that Jesus, though he died on the cross, was raised from the dead, never to decay, but will reign forever.

Please join me in prayer.

Heavenly Father, we offer our thanks today for the writings of your prophets that so clearly laid out your plan for your Messiah, our Savior. As Paul said, it truly is good news. Teach us, we pray, to be like David and be after your own heart, to let You guide us, let us not be shaken, and let our whole being rejoice in the promises You fulfilled through your Son, Jesus. It’s in His name we pray. AMEN 


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