Psalms 16:9-11 (ESV)
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
The previous Psalms spoke of Christ’s coming, and this remarkable Psalm speaks of His death and resurrection:
That he should be brought through his sufferings, and brought from under the power of death by a glorious resurrection.
(1.) That his soul should not be left in hell, that is, his human spirit should not be long left, as other men’s spirits are, in a state of separation from the body, but should, in a little time, return and be re-united to it, never to part again.
(2.) That being God’s holy One in a peculiar manner, sanctified to the work of redemption and perfectly free from sin, he should not see corruption nor feel it. This implies that he should not only be raised from the grave, but raised so soon that his dead body should not so much as being to corrupt, which, in the course of nature, it would have done if it had not been raised the third day. We, who have so much corruption in our souls, must expect that our bodies also will corrupt (Job 24:19); but that holy One of God who knew no sin saw no corruption. Under the law it was strictly ordered that those parts of the sacrifices which were not burnt upon the altar should by no means be kept till the third day, lest they should putrefy (Leviticus 7:15, 18), which perhaps pointed at Christ’s rising the third day, that he might not see corruption-neither was a bone of him broken.
—Matthew Henry’s Commentary
As you look ahead to Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, do you also recognize and believe in His resurrection from the dead? What role does that play in your life? Are you filled with a sense of hope for the future?