In an earlier post we considered the Book of Psalms as the heart of the Bible, not withstanding the synoptic gospels. Of course without the Son who reconciled us to his Father our salvation would have been non-starter. Gospels give us 360° view of the Son of Man with regards to Father Son relationship as well as every believer. Rest of the books in varying degrees places our covenant by blood with regards to the Everlasting Covenant to the Lord Almighty whose throne is “In heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men (Ps.11:4). The importance of the Psalms is its usefulness in our everyday lives as strangers and pilgrims ascending on the holy hill.
God is a Spirit and in accepting Jesus Christ as Savior we have been given indwelling Spirit.”At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you (John 14:20)”. The Spirit is working with our inner man which we may consider as the man inside. The Spirit that got Peter from prison and showed how useless the power of Herod was on children of God. Soul testifies our meditations are right before the Lord God in his throne. We are restricted in time and space but our soul is free and remains plain in sight before Him. Psalmist makes it clear in the Psalm 139:”Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?/8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there./9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;/10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me (139:7-10)”.
Narrative Mode makes use of Parallelism of Father Son relationship in setting the divine Will in terms of the Son fulfilling these with every believer who would be ‘conformed to to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren(Ro.8:29)’.So inner man is the presence of God’s mercy and His foreknowledge benefiting from study of the word of the Living God. Our bounden duty is to learn of the Good Shepherd while we are in bodies. God is known as the great Shepherd of our souls. The in-house tutor compares spiritual things with spiritual so the Psalmist did not write by book learning or from life experience but what the Spirit inspired him and in the Psalm 16 we read lines ‘For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption(v.10)’ it is attributed to Jesus Christ and to everyone of His brethren. We are adopted in him by God.
We shall lastly consider the v.2″O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;” Goodness of my soul is on account of His mercies. Blessings come from the Greater to the lesser. “Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?(Ro.9:21)
Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
5 The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
7 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
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.