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THE PATH TO ETERNAL PLEASURES

Psalm 16

Atonement of David

1 Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge
2 I say to the Lord "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing."
3 I say if the holy people who are in the land "They are the noble ones in whom I delight"
4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take their names on my lips.
5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body will also rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

King David was a man of God. His life was filled with adventure, but he had his faults. David committed adultery with Bathseba, then had her husband sent into battle to be killed. Those were just two of the sins that he committed as King. (2nd Sam. 16-17, and 2nd Sam. 24:2-15, 2nd Sam. 7:1-2).

So why was he considered a man of God? David knew his faults, and in the end, he recognized that what he had done was against the laws of God, the laws that he greatly cherished. And he repented of them. He did whatever God asked of him; his ultimate goal was to serve God and his people, which he did with great sacrifice. David loved God with all his heart and would give his life for him, and on many occasions, his faith was tested extensively. The book of Psalms shows the great love and devotion this great King had for not only God but for God’s people.

In the end, David was able to live his life fully and died of natural causes and would become known as one of the greatest rulers of the bible. He became great not because of his actions but because he was a man who was deeply devoted to God and was willing to give his life over to Him. Getting down on his knees, repented, and let go of those sins, emptying everything on the feet of the Father. Knowing that in the end, when his time came, he would be granted the great reward of being in the presence of the true King, the one who made and loves all, and forgives all that love Him.

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