I love hymns, songs written by faithful men and women in the past who penned marvelous words about our amazing God and his work in our lives. Take for instance this verse from Come Thou Fount
Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
You know this guy was having a good day after writing these lines. I mean, when you fit the word Ebenezer into your lyrics, that good work!
The Psalms are divided up into 5 books, which represents, not when they were written, but when they were collected and added to the psalter in the Temple. These psalms were the Temple’s hymnal and Psalm 16 was a great hymn.
Verses 1 and 2 declare David’s unwavering confidence in the Lord—his only help in times of trouble. Likewise, we see David’s delight in those who love the Lord in verse 3 while verse 4 declares that those who chase after idols face trouble. David then declares that he will have no participation in idol worship. Instead, in verses 5 and 6 David uses the metaphor of receiving an inheritance to declare how God has blessed him. In the same way that a son receives an inheritance earned through no effort of his own, David declares God’s rich blessing. In addition, David praises God for his instruction in verse 7. The word translated “mind” in the NASB or “heart” in the NLT is actually the Hebrew word for “kidneys,” which is understood here as the center for moral character. At night when David lays down, the Lord instructs him deep in his innermost parts.
Verses 8–11, like the verse above from Come Thou Fount, praise God for what he will do in the future based on what he has done in the past. When David penned these words, he expresses supreme confidence that the Lord will do as he has promised (see 2 Sam 7:12–17). After this Psalm was written, then later collected in the Temple’s hymnal it was repeated, read, and probably sung until the time of Christ. Then on that great day in the city of Jerusalem, after Jesus’ departure when the Holy Spirit fell on the Apostles fulfilling the promises of Jesus and the prophets before him, Peter spoke these familiar words from the psalter (Temple Hymnal). As one commentator writes, “Verses 8–11 were cited by Peter on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:25–28)… in reference to Christ’s resurrection. So the words of David are also typological; they transcended his own experience and became historically true in Christ.”
As the saying goes, “the New in the Old concealed, the Old in the New revealed.” Before Christ, these words were an encouragement for God’s faithful; after Christ, they remind us of His ultimate provision. So we sing, “Here I raise my Ebenezer (the stone of help from 1 Samuel 7:12), Here by Thy great help I’ve come; And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, Safely to arrive at home.
For those of you that read this, I’d love to get 100% responses.
What Christian song or hymn are you listening to today to remind you of your hope in Christ?
By: Tyler Short