Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope*
Acts 2:26, *from Psalm 16:8
Here we have the Apostle Peter quoting four verses (8-11) from Psalm 16
25 David said about Him: “‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope,
27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’
Peter chose these verses because he was speaking to about Jesus and how He was raised from the dead. Thus verse 27 above bears closely on what Peter was saying about Jesus’ death and resurrection.
22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through Him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put Him to death by nailing Him to the cross. 24 But God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him.
In this impassioned speech to his fellow Israelites Peter is not simply quoting Psalm 16, he is describing his own heart for when he says my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope he is speaking of his knowing – not believing, but knowing – there is life after death. This is why the next two verses flow so easily for him because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence. He knows he will join Jesus one day! It is no wonder his heart is glad and his tongue rejoices!
Peter continued his speech with
29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that He was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did His body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, He has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
Peter then concluded his speech with the following
34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand 35 until I make Your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’ [Psalm 110]
36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
So how did Peter’s fellow Israelites react to his speech? More importantly, how did you react to his speech? Did your heart react as their hearts did?
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
And Peter replied with a message we still hear today wherever the truth of Jesus Christ is taught or preached
Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.
Peter continued warning them and pleading with them
40 “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”
41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
His message resonates throughout the world today wherever the truth of Jesus Christ is heard.
It’s Monday, have Great Week thinking on how the message of Jesus’ gift of salvation continues to this day while we wait on His return.