Worship at Home The Focus of the Fight for Happiness

July 12, 2020 | Buster Brown

"10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. 11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:10-11 25

“For David says concerning him, ‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; 26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. 27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. 28 You have made known to me the paths of live; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ 29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.” Acts 2:25-32

Psalm 16:10 is a predictive prophecy which was fulfilled in the resurrection of Christ.

As we continuously ponder/worship the greatness of Christ, we are filled with joy, hope, and purpose.

1. There was “fullness of joy” for Old Testament believers (2 Chronicles 20:27; Isaiah 55:10-13)

2. The joy in light of the resurrection is more hope-filled and jubilant than the joy of King David. (John 16:6-7; 2 Corinthians 3:8)

Q. Where is Christ now?

A. Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world. New City Catechism, Question 49

Q. What does Christ’s resurrection mean for us?

A. Christ triumphed over sin and death by being physically resurrected, so that all who trust in him are raised to new life in this world and to everlasting life in the world to come. Just as we will one day be resurrected, so this world will one day be restored. But those who do not trust in Christ will be raised to everlasting death. New City Catechism, Question 50

Q. Of what advantage to us is Christ’s ascension?

A. Christ physically ascended on our behalf, just as he came down to earth physically on our account, and he is now advocating for us in the presence of his Father, preparing a place for us, and also sends us his Spirit. New City Catechism, Question 51

Q. What hope does everlasting life hold for us?

A. It reminds us that this present fallen world is not all there is; soon we will live with and enjoy God forever in the new city, in the new heaven and the new earth, where we will be fully and forever freed from all sin and will inhabit renewed, resurrection bodies in a renewed, restored creation. New City Catechism, Question 52

3. The ultimate reality of the “forevermore” awaits us in heaven.

** boasting in the cross (Galatians 6:14) “helps us do hard things ...(and) gives us hope” (Vacation Bible School-2020)

19 “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,” Hebrews 10:19-20