INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:
In our next devotional series, we will be looking at Psalm 31:. Lord willing, it will be approximately one month long, leading us into a devotional series for the Thanksgiving season beginning in early November.
Throughout the years, this Psalm, or portions of it, have been a great blessing to me in several difficult situations that I have faced in life. Although, the Psalm does not reveal to us the exact situation that David was facing, it is obvious he was facing a very difficult hardship that, from his perspective, appeared to be insurmountable.
Throughout our lives as Christians, most, if not all of us, have faced the same type of issues. This Psalm gives us many wonderful truths that will give us comfort, hope, and even joy in the midst of these hardships of life.
This is the basic outline we will be using… our devotional will be covering approximately one verse per day…
- David’s Request (1-2)
- David’s Recognition (3-4)
- David’s Commitment (5-8)
- David’s Sufferings (9-13) (Due to his sin 9-10; Due to other’s sin 11-13)
- David’s Faith (14-16)
- David’s Desire (17-18)
- David’s Praise (19-22)
- David’s Exhortation (23-24)
In this series I will be doing something a little differently compared to our past devotionals. I will be presenting both the KJV and the ESV renderings to give us, perhaps, slightly more insight into the vocabulary being used.
Although I always have, and will, base my studies and messages on the KJV translation, I do find using the ESV as a secondary source quite helpful in my studies.
As the series continues, please feel free to comment on whether you like this addition or not for future devotional series. I would appreciate it.
A presentation of the text we will be studying in this series:
Psalms 31:1-24 – KJV
1) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.
2) Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.
3) For thou [art] my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.
4) Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou [art] my strength.
5) Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
6) I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.
7) I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;
8) And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.
9) Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, [yea], my soul and my belly.
10) For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.
11) I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.
12) I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.
13) For I have heard the slander of many: fear [was] on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.
14) But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou [art] my God.
15) My times [are] in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
16) Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake.
17) Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, [and] let them be silent in the grave.
18) Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.
19) [Oh] how great [is] thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; [which] thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
20) Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
21) Blessed [be] the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.
22) For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.
23) O love the LORD, all ye his saints: [for] the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
24) Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
Psalms 31:1-24 ESV
1) In you, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me!
2) Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
3) For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;
4) you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge.
5) Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.
6) I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD.
7) I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul,
8) and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.
9) Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also.
10) For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.
11) Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach, especially to my neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.
12) I have been forgotten like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel.
13) For I hear the whispering of many— terror on every side!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.
14) But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”
15) My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16) Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!
17) O LORD, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon you; let the wicked be put to shame; let them go silently to Sheol.
18) Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.
19) Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!
20) In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.
21) Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city.
22) I had said in my alarm, “I am cut off from your sight.” But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help.
23) Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
24) Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!
Summary Of Our Study
By the end of our series, when faced with intense trials in life, may we all come to a greater commitment to follow the closing advice of King David when he says…
“O love the LORD, all ye his saints: [for] the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”
This is the desire of my heart and the purpose for this coming devotional series.