Psalm 15 (16) – the Resurrection Psalm
Continuing our series on the Christological Psalms, we now turn to look at Psalm 15 (16) sometimes referred to as ‘The Resurrection Psalm’ and this seems the most appropriate aspect under which to consider this Psalm as we celebrate the Resurrection during this joyous Octave of Easter.
For an authoritative commentary on this Psalm we need look no further than the book of Acts and Peter’s address at Pentecost. St Peter first quotes the prophet Joel concerning the coming of the Holy Spirit, before turning to the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. He speaks of how the resurrection of Christ was prophesied by David, when he said:
‘I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
moreover my flesh will dwell in hope.
For thou wilt not abandon my soul to Hades,
nor let thy Holy One see corruption.
Thou has made known to me the ways of life;
thou wilt make me full of gladness with thy presence’
(Psalm 15:8-11 quoted in Acts 2:25)