INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:
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 1nsurmountable.
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)
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.
ESV – 1) In you, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me!
Psalms 31:1 – “David’s Request” (Part 1)
Verse one of this Psalm contains its introductory statement…
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
This Psalm, like many, was addressed to “the chief Musician” who was in control of the Psalms that would be sung during the worship times at the temple.
King David, according to this verse is designated as the writer of this Psalm.
Stop and think about it for just a minute. Although he had to be very busy, his time being filled with reigning over the kingdom of Israel, David still found time to write songs of praise and instruction to lead his people spiritually. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful blessing if we had rulers in our country that were Godly men, concerned about the spiritual welfare of our country, and who then took the time to share with us the truths of God and the life lessons he had learned from the Lord?
David understood the great need of his people for spiritual encouragement and strength during times of great need. Because of this, he wanted to share his experiences and the lessons he learned from them by having these songs sung publically in their place of worship.
Verse one continues with King David, in the midst of a very difficult hardship, proclaiming his faith in the Lord followed by making two requests of Him…
In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust;
David found refuge in the midst of the storms of life in Jehovah. He placed his trust in Him, knowing that He could accomplish what David’s power, wealth, and own human effort was unable to accomplish. David, one of the most powerful men in the world at that time, readily admits his inability and his need to run to the Lord for His protection.
David, picturing his Lord as his refuge, knew that the Lord could either deliver him victoriously from the trial, or He could allow the trial to continue while keeping David in safe in the midst of it. In either case, David would be kept safe as the Lord would work in his midst, being his refuge and strength.
Folks, the Lord has NEVER promised to deliver us from our trials, but He has promises to ALWAYS be with us in the midst of them….
Hebrews 13:5-6 KJV – “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
let me never be ashamed:
The first of King David’s requests in this verse is a request for the Lord to never allow David to be put to a public shame. Along with his public declaration of trusting in the Lord comes the fear of his being put to a public shame.
When David admitted he was looking to the Lord, the lost could accuse him of being “weak” or “scared” instead of facing his trial “like a man”. Or, if David came to harm during his trial, then lost mankind could ridicule him asking “Where is your God, David…. Where is your great refuge in time of need?” bringing him to a public shame.
Folks, this is a fear we all must face as we take a public stand for Christ. Are we willing to “put it all on the line” for Christ, by being willing to suffer public ridicule for His glory?
Psalms 34:4-6 KJV – “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.”
deliver me in thy righteousness.
The second request of King David was for the Lord to deliver him. He was just like the rest of us when, in the midst of a fiery trial of our faith, desires to be removed from the situation which is at hand. We all can relate to this feeling.
However, David puts a stipulation to His request by saying “in thy righteousness”. In other words, David only wanted delivered if it did not violate the Lord’s righteous (sinless) will. If the Lord’s will included David remaining in the midst of the trial, so be it. David did not want the Lord to violate His own righteousness by removing him from his afflictions outside the will of His Father.
How many of us can say we have desired the same when trials come upon us? How many of us truly were willing to stay in the midst of our afflictions for the sake of the Lord’s will and glory?
Psalms 143:1 KJV – “A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.”
Summary Of Our Study
In the first verse of our study we have seen: an introduction to this Psalm, David’s public declaration of faith in his Lord, and David’s requests to not be put to a public shame and his request for deliverance from his hardships.
In the midst of all of these, we see our need for self-examination on display. We all have faced difficult situations in our lives and we all have taken these needs to Christ. But in the midst of these…
Did we look to Christ, instead of our own human means, to remove us from these pains?
Did we publically declare our faith in Him at the risk of public ridicule?
Did we only seek deliverance from our hardships if it were according to God’s divine will?
May we all be able to say “Yes” to these questions as we continue to seek to be faithful servants of our Lord.
And remember every trial we face is another opportunity to be found faithful to our Lord and His desires for our lives.
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