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SIH’s Think On These Things: I Thess. 5:14-15 (7)

SIH TOTT ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].  See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].  (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

For the next 6 devotions, we will be looking at this word of encouragement from Paul to the members of the church at Thessalonica. Our devotions will center on the six exhortations given to us by Paul…

 

1. warn them that are unruly,
2. comfort the feebleminded,
3. support the weak,
4. be patient toward all [men].
5. See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];
6. ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].

 

 

EXPOSITION:

In this morning’s devotional we will be looking at the sixth, and final, of Paul’s exhortations to us…

 

ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men]

In this exhortation we find 3 basic parts:
1. “ever follow” in other words “Everywhere, and at all times, pursue”
2. “that which is good” in other words “that which is beneficial”
3. “both among yourselves and to all men” in other words “among members of your church and all men”.

Everywhere, and at all times, we are to be seeking to do that which is beneficial among our fellow laborers in Christ and all others with whom we come into contact. In other words, we are to constantly seek to have lives which are spiritually beneficial to those around us.

 

Specifically, what does Paul mean by “that which is good”? He seems to explain this idea in greater detail in Romans 14:18-19…

For he that in these things serveth Christ [is] acceptable to God, and approved of men.Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.(Romans 14:16-19)

In this text we can see four basic “tests” to reveal to us “that which is good”:
1. Is it acceptable to God? In other words… Is God pleased with it?
2. Is it approved of men? In other words…. Is it recognized as beneficial to men?
3. Does it make for peace? In other words… Does it promote unity, harmony and peace between men and God?
4. Does it edify ourselves and others? In other words… Does it strengthen ourselves and others?

Folks, these four questions make up the test by which we should judge our life pursuits.

 

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.(1 Timothy 6:11-12)

Examples of things that will “pass this test” include: righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness. Please notice that each and every one of these, when put to the above four-part test, will produce a resounding “yes” to each question of our test.

 

APPLICATION:

May we all seek to pursue “that which is good” for ourselves and those around us. By doing so, we will enjoy a close relationship to the Lord, a productive prayer life, and divine protection from our Lord.

Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.For the eyes of the Lord [are] over the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord [is] against them that do evil.And who [is] he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? (1 Peter 3:11-13)

 

 

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Do We Give Evil Or Love To Those Who Mistreat Us?

SIH HALTAL ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].    See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].  (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3HW

 

SIH’s Think On These Things: I Thess. 5:14-15 (6)

SIH TOTT ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].   See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].    (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

For the next 6 devotions, we will be looking at this word of encouragement from Paul to the members of the church at Thessalonica. Our devotions will center on the six exhortations given to us by Paul…

1. warn them that are unruly,
2. comfort the feebleminded,
3. support the weak,
4. be patient toward all [men].
5. See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];
6. ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].

 

EXPOSITION:

In this morning’s devotional we will be looking at the fifth of Paul’s exhortations to us…

 

See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];

How easy it is for us to justify “getting back” for wrongdoing that is done to us. However, we are clearly told in God’s Word that “payback” is to be avoided by anyone who takes the name of Christ.

The Lord states the issue very plainly, in this text, by saying “see that none of you hand back injury, harm or abuse to those who injure, harm, or abuse you.

 

In the writings of the NT this issue is addressed several times and helps to explain specifics concerning this responsibility we have been given:

 

1. The Lord will repay any wrong doing that is done to His people
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:17-21)

 

2. Better to accept the abuse at the hands of brethren than to expose them to public shame
But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather [suffer yourselves to] be defrauded?Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that [your] brethren. (1 Corinthians 6:6-8)

 

3. Keep in mind our eternal blessings gained through obedience to the Lord. Any abuse on this earth only results in temporary loss.
Finally, [be ye] all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, [be] pitiful, [be] courteous:Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:8-9)

 

Christ, Himself, taught these truths and set the perfect example for us to follow:

4. Christ teaches us to sacrificially go above and beyond to those who are enemies. We do this by loving, blessing, doing good, and praying for those who oppose us. 
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have [thy] cloke also.And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.(Matthew 5:39-45)

 

5. Christ set the example by refusing to give us our due, but to give His life on the cross for us instead.
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed [himself] to him that judgeth righteously:   Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.  
For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.(1 Peter 2:21-25)

 

 

APPLICATION:

May we all choose to give of ourselves towards those who mistreat us. In doing so, we are presenting Christ to those around us.

 

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Are We Patient TO All? Are We Patient AT All?

SIH HALTAL ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].  See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].    (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3HO

 

SIH’s Think On These Things: I Thess. 5:14-15 (5)

SIH TOTT ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].  See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].   (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

For the next 6 devotions, we will be looking at this word of encouragement from Paul to the members of the church at Thessalonica. Our devotions will center on the six exhortations given to us by Paul…

 

1. warn them that are unruly,
2. comfort the feebleminded,
3. support the weak,
4. be patient toward all [men].
5. See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];
6. ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].

 

 

EXPOSITION:

 

In this morning’s devotional we will be looking at the fourth of Paul’s exhortations to us…

 
be patient toward all [men]

Patience is, perhaps for many of us, the most difficult of all these exhortations by Paul. But in the context of our study, to be patient is listed as one of the greatest ways that we can show Christ to others around us. Perhaps this is why to be patience is so hard on our flesh!
 
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye. (Colossians 3:12-13)
 
So what does the Bible mean by “patience” or “longsuffering”? Both of these words, in the above texts, are translated from the same Greek word (makrothumeo) that carries four basic ideas with it:
1. to carry a weight
2. for a long period of time
3. without feeling abused or mistreated
4. without allowing anger (or a desire for “payback”) to burn within us
In other words, it to be patient means “to humbly, willingly, suffer under a heavy burden for a long period of time in the absence of anger or desire for retribution.”

Another word that is commonly translated “patience” in the Bible (hupomoneo) is used to describe a donkey that patiently stands while his owner continually adds a heavier burden to its back. It stands there, not kicking the burden off, not braying or running off. It simply stands and accepts the burden placed upon it.

These words represent for us the Scriptural concept of patience.

As difficult as it may be, how many of us truly exhibit patience in our lives? Patience is demanded in both the small and large things in life. From the short-lived suffering of standing in a long, slow line at the store, to the long-term burden of medical issues, personality conflicts, or mistreatment and abuse by others; how do we react when these burdens that are placed upon us?

 

APPLICATION:

Over the years, I have become convinced that EVERYTIME the circumstances in our life demand patience, it is the Lord opening an opportunity for us to show Christ to those around us.

People are constantly watching us and seeing how we accept the difficult times of our lives… What will they say about us?

Will they see our sinful flesh controlling our lives causing selfishness to rear its ugly head? Or, will they see the humility and love of Christ in us?

Will they see that we are no different from the lost fallen world and see no reason to trust in Christ as their Lord and Savior?   Or, will they see our lives and be motivated to turn to Christ and be delivered from the bondage of Satan and their flesh?
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all [men], apt to teach, patient,In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. (2 Timothy 2:24-26)

 

 

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“The Footsteps Are Not Known” (Psalm 77:19)

SIH STSTA ICONHave we ever doubted the Lord’s presence during the difficult times in our lives?

In the midst of troublesome times, have we ever asked “Why me?”

Have we ever experienced a devastating loss which caused us to question the Lord’s strength and sovereignty over all?

 

 

Most of us, if not all, have questioned the Lord in some of these ways at one time or another in our lives.

In our study for this morning, we will be looking at a very basic and comforting truth that is taught in God’s Word… Although we may not understand, or sense, His workings in our lives, we can still explicitly trust in Him!

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

Thy way [is] in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known. Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.    (Psalms 77:19-20)

 

 

 THE STUDY:

 In the background of our text, we find Asaph:
1. faced with a seemingly impossible dreadful situation (vs 1-3),
2. questioning the Lord and His purposes for his life (vs 4-9),
3. stopping to remember the Lord’s previous workings in his nation and personal life (vs 10-18),
4. coming to a very important conclusion in Psa 77:19-20 (our text)

Asaph comes to four basic conclusions based upon the Red Sea experience of the Israelites (Exodus 14:10-27) …

 

Conclusion #1 – Many times the Lord leads us into circumstances where great faith is required….

Thy way [is] in the sea,

Much like the Israelites who were led to the Red Sea, then by faith stepped out and traveled through the Sea with water surrounding them as a wall on both sides (Exodus 14:13-14)…

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”

Heb 4:14-16 KJV “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.   For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

 

Conclusion #2 – Many times the Lord leads us into circumstances where we must face trials like overwhelming floods…

and thy path in the great waters,

The Israelites, when they were pursued by the Egyptians, faced the power of the Red Sea in front of them and the power of the Egyptian Army behind (Exodus 14:9)…

But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.”

Psa 69:1-2 KJV   “To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, A Psalm of David. Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.”

 

Conclusion #3 – Many times the Lord leads us into situations where we are unable to discern His workings nor His presence with us…

and thy footsteps are not known.

The Israelites did not understand the Lord’s workings nor did they recognize His presence and coming deliverance (Exodus 14:11-12)…

And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

Rom 11:33 KJV   “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

Job 5:8-9 KJV   “I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:

 

Conclusion #4 –we can know BEYOND A DOUBT that the Lord is our Shepherd, therefore He will lead, feed and protect us…

 Although we may face very difficult trials in life that demand an exercise of faith…

Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

He has led us to this place, He will care for us during this trial, and He will protect us until we are delivered (Exo 14:21-31)…

And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen….

And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them…

But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.”

Although we may not sense the presence of God in our life, nor ever fully understand the “whys”, “hows” and “what ifs” of the trials we face, as God’s people we can rest assured that we are not alone, we are safe in the hands of our wonderful Shepherd…

Psa 23:1,4 KJV “A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want… Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Job, another man of God that faced many very serious trials in life, came to the same basic conclusions as Asaph… Whenever we are facing the difficult trials in life, we can rest assured that The Lord is with us, protecting and caring for us and working for our good every step of the way…

[Touching] the Almighty, we cannot find him out: [he is] excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict. (Job 37:23)

May the Lord bless you as you continue to seek His truth.

 

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During The Difficult Times Of Life… Do We Wait On Him?

SIH HALTAL ICONPsalms 27:14 – Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3GM

 

SIH’s Think On These Things: Psalms 27:14

SIH TOTT ICONPsalms 27:

[A Psalm] of David. The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this [will] I [be] confident.

One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

Hear, O LORD, [when] I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.[When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Hide not thy face [far] from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.[I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

As we will see in our series, King David addresses many of the same issues that each and every one of us faces when we are in the midst of the most difficult, fearful situations of life. May the Lord honor this study in His Word, by granting to us the truths of this Psalm and their practical application to our life.

 

EXPOSITION:

 

In our text for today, David concludes his Psalm on dealing with the fearful times of our lives. Keep in mind that, so far, we have seen:

 

  1. David’s confidence in the Lord (vs 1-3)
  2. David’s desire of the Lord (vs 4-5)
  3. David’s praise of the Lord (vs 6)
  4. David’s request for God’s presence (vs 7-11)
  5. David’s request for deliverance from his enemies (vs 12)
  6. David’s motivation to persevere in the midst of his difficulties (vs 13)

 

Now, in this final section of the Psalm, David reaches out to each one of us with words of encouragement as we, too, face the fearful times of our lives.

 

David’s words of encouragement to others…

 

Psalms 27:14

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

David encourages us to do two things in times of hardship, opposition, and fear:

 

Wait on the LORD:

First of all, David instructs us to “wait on the Lord”.

 

The word “wait” comes to us from a Hebrew word that means “to collect hopefully” or “to gather together expectantly”.

 

The idea David is expressing to us is the need to collect:

1. our needs

2. truths about His person and work

3. His promises to us.

 

Then, based upon this “collection”, wait for Him expectantly.

 

In other words, when we understand who He is and what He can do for us, then we become aware of His great promises of care, protection and enablement that He gives to us, we can confidently expect our needs to be met.

 

be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:

Secondly, David encourages us to “be of good courage”. This can only be done if we are waiting upon Him.

 

In other words, because we are expecting the Lord to intervene on our behalf, then we can take control of our fears and put them aside.

 

There is nothing to fear, He will step in and meet our every need. Perhaps this will be by taking the situation from us, or perhaps, it will be by standing with us in the midst of the trial. In either case, we can boldly face the fearful times, knowing He is with us.

 

wait, I say, on the LORD.

David in summary, emphasizes the need to “Wait on the Lord”

 

 

APPLICATION:

 

Folks may we always learn to wait upon the Lord in times of trials. In doing so, we are submitting to His will for our lives, allowing Him to intervene without our interference, and standing boldly against our opposition through His gracious enablement.

 

A Song of degrees. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.

Behold, as the eyes of servants [look] unto the hand of their masters, [and] as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes [wait] upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us. (Psalms 123:1-2)

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In The Midst Of Our Trials, Are We Concerned About Following God’s Path?

SIH HALTAL ICONPsa 27:11 KJV
“Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.”

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Psalms 27:11

SIH TOTT ICONPsalms 27:

[A Psalm] of David. The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this [will] I [be] confident.

One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

Hear, O LORD, [when] I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.[When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Hide not thy face [far] from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.[I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

As we will see in our series, King David addresses many of the same issues that each and every one of us faces when we are in the midst of the most difficult, fearful situations of life. May the Lord honor this study in His Word, by granting to us the truths of this Psalm and their practical application to our life.

 

EXPOSITION:

 

In our text for today, David now continues his prayer coming before the Lord with his requests…

 

Psa 27:11 KJV

“Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.”

 

“Teach me thy way, O LORD,

David now requests the Lord to “teach me thy way”. Please notice that David did not say” teach me the way to get out of this situation”, no, all he desired was to be shown the path the Lord would have him to take, whether it would end in removal from his situation, or cause him to remain in it.  All he wanted was to fulfill the Lord’s will for his life.

 

 

and lead me in a plain path,

David wanted the Lord to lead him on a path that was clear and straight. In other words, he wanted the Lord’s path to be easy to see and walk upon so that there was no chance of him accidently getting off the course the Lord had laid for his life.

 

Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips [shall be] right things.For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness [is] an abomination to my lips.

All the words of my mouth [are] in righteousness; [there is] nothing froward or perverse in them.They [are] all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. (Proverbs 8:6-9)

 

 

 

because of mine enemies.”

David was very concerned about his testimony before others, especially his enemies. David’s desire was to be ble to easily follow the Lord’s path for his life so that he might not fall into temptation and fall into sin, giving his enemies a reason to accuse him and bring dishonor to David and the Lord that he served.

 

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.Teach me to do thy will; for thou [art] my God: thy spirit [is] good; lead me into the land of uprightness. (Psalms 143:8-10)

 

 

APPLICATION:

 

One of the great burdens upon David’s heart during his time in the midst of the fearful events of his life, was the need to keep the Lord’s will and retain a good testimony in the eyes of others. David knew for this to happen, the Lord would have to intervene in his life, show him His will clearly, and enable him to fulfill that will.

 

When faced with the fearful times of life, may we all keep our attention fixed on the Lord and His will for our lives, seeking to honor and glorify Him in all that we do.

 

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