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A Prayer of Faith

Psalm 16:1-11, Philippians 2:5-11, Acts 2:25-31, Acts 13:26-35, Andrew Love, April 16, 2017

Sermon Notes:


  • A Michtam of David
    • Five other Psalms that are a Michtam
    • Psalms 56-60
    • No one knows what the Hebrew word means
    • Each have a pattern
  • They can be helpful in times of difficulty
    • Look at the life of David
    • A key characteristic of his life was faith
    • He was a contented man
  • A Psalm of David
    • Quoted by Peter in Acts 2 at Pentecost
    • Quoted in Acts 13 when Paul is preaching in Antioch
    • Inspired by the Holy Spirit they saw this Psalm is all about the resurrection of Jesus
  • Acts 2:25-31 [See below for text]
    • Peter had not just a few days ago been a fearful man
    • Had met the risen Christ
    • The Holy Spirit had fallen upon him and the other apostles
    • Peter addresses a large crowd
    • He quotes from Psalm 16 by the illumination of the Holy Spirit
    • 3000 people repent and are baptised
  • Acts 13:26-35 [See below for text]
  • We must see Jesus Christ in this Psalm
    • It is not only a Psalm of David
    • If we miss the prophetic, we miss the point
  • Overview: looking at every single verse
  • A prayer of faith

A Prayer for Preservation (v1)

  • Jesus as a man put His trust in His heavenly Father
  • He faced opposition and demonic attacks
  • He was in constant communion with His Father
    • We are given glimpses into His prayer life
  • Isa 49:8 - "I will preserve You"
    • Jesus needed to trust and depend upon His heavenly Father as He became a man
    • If we pray this prayer, we can be certain that God will preserve our soul
  • We face all sorts of temptations and we must remember this prayer
    • We are not like the Lord Jesus and fail a 1000 times over
    • We have a God who picks us up as we turn back to Him and preserves our souls

A Prayer for Satisfaction (v2-4)

  • Jesus is satisfied with His Father (v2)
    • Jesus cannot be separated from the Father
    • The Son delights in the Father as much as the Father delights in the Son
  • Jesus is satisfied with His people (v3)
    • Would David say this of his company?
    • Would we say that of every member of our church?
    • Jesus has covered our sin and sees us as His excellent ones
    • Jesus loves us as the Father loves Him
  • Jesus looks at those who reject Him (v4)
    • This is David saying he has a great disdain for idolatry
    • Surely this is the Spirit of God saying that He abhors idolatry

A Prayer of Great Contentment (v5-8)

  • Are we a contented people? (v5)
    • The Lord Jesus Christ was utterly contented with His Father
      • Food and drink gives us temporary satisfaction
      • Jesus satisfaction was to do God's will
    • Jesus was to die for us as an inheritance (v6)
  • Jesus knew more grief that any man but was more content than any man
    • Consider v7-8
    • We must not minimise the sufferings of Jesus
    • John 7:16
    • John 8:28
    • Isa 11:2-3
  • He was a perfect teacher and counselor
  • He has become our rock, refuge and high tower
  • If you live a life of restlessness - God does not want us to be like this
    • Paul learned contentment
    • Have we learned to be content or are we restless?
  • Oh that we could be like the Lord Jesus

A Prayer of Confident Joy (v9-11)

  • v9 is a statement of confidence from David that he would see resurrection
    • Resurrection is not a New Testament principle
  • These verses are speaking about Jesus
  • The mind of Jesus Christ before and on the cross - went beyond this to a time when He would be united to the Father with His people
    • What is our mind on?
      • If we think only of the troubles of this life we will become utterly downcast
      • We must look to the cross and glory
      • We must look to His presence where there will be fullness of joy
      • We must meditate on heaven
    • We are to measure things

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Psalm 16:1-11

1Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust. 2O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee; 3But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight. 4Their 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. 5The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. 6The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. 7I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. 8I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. 10For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 11Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (KJV)

Philippians 2:5-11

5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (KJV)

Acts 2:25-31

25For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: 26Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: 27Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 28Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. 29Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. 30Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 31He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. (KJV)

Acts 13:26-35

26Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. 27For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. 28And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. 29And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. 30But God raised him from the dead: 31And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. 32And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 33God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. 34And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. 35Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. (KJV)

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