“I need your help to understand what the words ‘my goodness
extendeth not to Thee’ mean in Psalm 16:2.”
We know that this is a messianic psalm, for Psalm 16:10 speaks of Christ’s resurrection (cf. Acts 2:27-31). The Lord’s “goodness” was His righteousness (cf. Psa. 145:7). The word “extendeth” means to give or impart, as when God promises to extend peace to Jerusalem (Isa. 66:10-12). David is prophetically quoting something the Lord Jesus would say when He was here on the earth “unto the LORD” (His Father). He predicts that the Lord would pray and say that His righteousness wasn’t something that He needed to give or impart to His Father, for He had His own righteousness. The next verse goes on to say that His righteousness extended “to the saints that are in the earth” instead. They needed the righteousness that only the Lord could give them. Verse 3 calls them “the excellent” because once the Lord imparted righteousness to them, it could be said of them that “the righteous is more excellent than his neighbor” (Prov. 12:26). The Lord says of the saints in Jerusalem, “in whom is My delight” (v. 3) because once the Lord makes them righteous, He can say of Jerusalem, “the LORD delighteth in thee” (Isa. 62:4).
—Pastor Ricky Kurth
To the Reader:
Some of our Two Minutes articles were written many years ago by Pastor C. R. Stam for publication in newspapers. When many of these articles were later compiled in book form, Pastor Stam wrote this word of explanation in the Preface:
"It should be borne in mind that the newspaper column, Two Minutes With the Bible, has now been published for many years, so that local, national and international events are discussed as if they occurred only recently. Rather than rewrite or date such articles, we have left them just as they were when first published. This, we felt, would add to the interest, especially since our readers understand that they first appeared as newspaper articles."
To this we would add that the same is true for the articles written by others that we continue to add, on a regular basis, to the Two Minutes library. We hope that you'll agree that while some of the references in these articles are dated, the spiritual truths taught therein are timeless.