I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
The terms of this portion of the Psalm show distinctly that it is prophetic of the Messiah.
I. THE FIRST PREDICTION IS THAT CHRIST, WHEN HE SHOULD COME, WOULD "SET JEHOVAH CONTINUALLY BEFORE HIM," i.e. He would live on earth realising by faith the presence of an unseen God, to dwell continually in His sight. Our Lord did this. He said, "My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me."
II. JEHOVAH WOULD BE AT HIS RIGHT HAND. We find our Lord continually sustaining Himself by the consoling presence of His Father. And all who tread in His steps may share in His consolation.
III. HIS HEART WOULD BE GLAD. How could He be otherwise, when He knew the resources of the Father? Our Lord walked with God on earth, rejoicing in hope of the glory that should be revealed. So also may we, and do we?
IV. HIS FLESH SHOULD REST IN HOPE. This implies —
1. His death. His death was predicted no less than His triumph. He looked forward to His death, and repeatedly foretold it. And He resolutely met it. Let us ask for grace to enter into His spirit.
2. The limitation of death's dominion. "I have power," said He, "to lay it (My life) down, and I have power to take it again." "I lay it down of Myself." He did as He had said. He took again that dishonoured body, to be dishonoured no more.
V. GOD WOULD GUIDE HIM TO THE PATH OF LIFE. "Thou wilt show Me," etc. The way of the grave did not seem the gate of life, but in reality it was so. Conclusion: He will bring us there. Decide for Him now. Sympathise with Him in His glory.
(Baptist W. Noel.)
Parallel VersesKJV: I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.