Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
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King David wrote of his own hope in the resurrection from the dead; but more than that, he prophesied Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. This is one of the many Old Testament prophecies that foretold the death of Christ and the glory He would receive after it (1 Peter 1:11).
The apostle Peter made this clear in his powerful sermon on the Day of Pentecost. After quoting this passage from Psalm 16, he said:
“Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption” (Acts 2:29-31).
Peter’s point is that though David is still awaiting his resurrection, Jesus Christ has already been resurrected and is the promised Messiah.
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