“O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee; but to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.” (Psalm 16:3)
Some admire and extend towards the excellency found in those the world deems honorable, famous, and rewarded for outstanding achievements. But we are taught by David that the excellent of the earth are the holy ones of the Lord. “In whom is all my delight”, in whom “my goodness extendeth” to reach and surpass: the saints, the excellent.
All gain of skill, wealth, and honor may only find its fulfillment in the offering of it up to Jesus and unto the glory of God. Unto whom all such things were created: “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36). As it is written, “praise him according to his excellent greatness.” (Psalm 150)
“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” (Psalm 16:9-10)
All of our hope is in Jesus’ resurrection. As He has died, we die unto ourselves, and as He was raised, we raise in our new life. The anchor of our soul is not in the deepest sea, but in the heights of heaven (Hebrews 6:13-20). We go from glory to glory.
“For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.”
“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:10-11)
In this verse David poetically predicts the resurrection of Jesus. To the right hand of the Father, the resurrected Lord has ascended (Acts 2:33). Jesus is fullness of joy and pleasure forevermore. All holy desire and pleasure is found in Him, and all unholy is a false manifestation of Him and his good gifts. Sin mocks his freedom, love, unity, power, and glory that he so desires to give us. Therefore, most “pleasurable” sin is a misdirected desire for the Garden of Eden. But we were made for true glory. We were made for true beauty.