Sometimes, I go through a book of my Bible and just read the parts I have marked or highlighted. It encourages me. The other day, I decided to go through the book of Acts. My eyes stopped at Acts 2:25-26, which is a quote of Psalm 16:8-9.
If you are a frequent reader, you know that I love to dig into the great depths of definitions of scripture.
This one truly encouraged me, so whatever you do, don’t skip over the definitions; they’re the whole point of this and you’ll miss all the yummy meat of the message. I pray it encourages you as well.
Let’s first start with the original verses in Psalm 16:8-9. David said, “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope.” (NKJV)
I’m only going to do one definition from this verse as the Acts verse below reiterates the other words. And that word is set, which, in Hebrew, means to agree with or become like, to level, to resemble, to make even, flat, or uniform (with something else), be equal, fit, to adjust, be suitable, yield.
Now, if we look at the New Testament, Peter quotes the passage of David, “I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.” (Acts 2:25-26 NKJV)
Now, the juicy part. The definitions say…
* foresaw means to behold in advance, to keep in one’s view, before one’s eyes, to be mindful of one always
* before means in the face of, one who is in sight, in one’s presence and sight or hearing, that which is before or opposite anyone and toward which another turns his eyes
* always comes from two words: 1) through, the channel of an act, because, for, by; 2) all, every, any, of every kind, everything
* face actually means I, me, my, mine
* shaken means moved, waver, rock, topple or destroy, to disturb, incite, to render insecure, the motion produced by winds, storms, waves, etc., to agitate or shake, to shake down, overthrow, to cast down from one’s (secure and happy) state
* rest means to camp down, to pitch one’s tent, to fix one’s abode, remain, to dwell
* hope means to anticipate, usually with pleasure, expectation or confidence
So, Lynn’s Extended Version might say…
“I behold the Lord in advance and keep Him continuously before me, turning my eyes to Him and keeping Him in my hearing, through everything; because He is at my right side, I will not be shaken, will not waver, topple over, be insecure, destroyed by winds, storms, or waves, be agitated, be overthrown or cast down from my secure and happy state; through that, my heart is made glad and cheered, my tongue rejoices exceedingly, and my flesh pitches a tent, camps out, remains, and rests in the expectation, anticipation, and confidence in hope!”
Are you not encouraged by that? I sure was…and am! My heart cries out with David…
Do you keep your eyes focused on Him and your ears tilted to hear His voice?
Is your heart glad and cheered, and does your tongue rejoice exceedingly in Him?
Do you keep the Lord before you continuously? Do you resemble Him?
Does your flesh pitch a tent in hope?
No matter what is going on in your life, my prayer for each of you is this…