Psalm 16 is entitled Michtam, the golden psalm. In it, David prophesied of Christ’s coming. The true meaning of this psalm’s golden contents remained a mystery until the Day of Pentecost. On that day thousands visitingJerusalemto celebrate Pentecost thronged together to witness an extraordinary event – 120 praying people had suddenly begun to speak in various foreign languages.
Peter addressed the crowd with a spontaneous sermon about Jesus. He reminded them that David had written in Psalm 16, “You will not abandon me to hell, neither will you suffer your holy one to see corruption. (v.10)” Peter explained that David wasn’t speaking about himself when he wrote this but about the Messiah, Jesus.
That day, Peter’s listeners discovered the gold in David’s psalm. As their spiritual eyes opened they realized they had not only rejected but killed the Son of God. “What can we do?” they cried.
“Repent,” said Peter. And they did, thousands of them.
Like treasure buried in a field and discovered centuries later, the truth of Christ lay hidden in Psalm 16 for generations. When finally uncovered by Peter, the golden message pointed people to Jesus.
We are beneficiaries of His golden message. Let’s not keep it to ourselves but do as Peter did and share it with a world that cries, “What shall we do?”