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 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…
1. David’s Request (1-2)
2. David’s Recognition (3-4)
3. David’s Commitment (5-8)
4. David’s Sufferings (9-13) (Due to his sin 9-10; Due to other’s sin 11-13)
5. David’s Faith (14-16)
6. David’s Desire (17-18)
7. David’s Praise (19-22)
8. David’s Exhortation (23-24)
KJV – 2) Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.
ESV – 2) Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
Psalms 31:2 – “David’s Request” (Part 2)
After David made a two-fold request of the Lord in verse 1 (never allow his faith to be brought to shame and to deliver him from his trials in his righteousness) he now continues his requests…
Bow down thine ear to me;
David’s third request is for the Lord to turn His ear toward his prayer. In other words, he wants the Lord to hear him and to give his attention to his prayer.
The Lord will ALWAYS hear the prayer of His people when they are in need. However, in the midst of our weakest moments, we may doubt this wonderful truth. When the Lord does not act immediately it may appear as if He does not hear or care about us. It is at those times we must trust His Word and not how things may appear to us…
1 John 5:14-15 KJV – “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
deliver me speedily:
None of us like to wait upon the Lord. When we are facing trials and heartaches our flesh cries out for “instant deliverance”. David’s fourth desire of the Lord is for a quick rescue to take place.
One of the most difficult lessons to learn as a Christian is the importance of waiting upon the Lord and trusting Him to work in His time. We have to always remind ourselves that the Lord knows “the end from the beginning”. He knows what HAS taken place in our lives, what IS currently taking place, and what WILL take place as well. He knows what is best for us now and in the future. This is a great blessing for us.
We know the Lord knows all about us and what we need for our future good. He promises to work out all things for our good and His glory (Roms 8:28). When He does not act immediately upon our requests we can know He is waiting for our benefit. Something must be taking place behind the scenes in our lives now, or in the future, that dictates His rescue must be delayed. But in the end, His delayed deliverance it will be for our benefit.
During those times of waiting we can know that, without doubt, He will be with us during the period of waiting, granting us courage and strength to meet our every need…
Psalms 27:14 KJV – “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”
be thou my strong rock,
David’s final two requests in this section of our study is for the Lord to be his place of refuge and protection. He describes it as being his “strong rock” and “house of defense”.
By asking the Lord to be his “strong rock”, he is pointing to the Lord as the foundation of his life. When David was weak and ready to fall, he knew he needed the Lord to uphold and strengthen him.
for an house of defence to save me.
By asking Him to be his “house of defense”, David is recognizing his need for a place of safety and peace in the midst of the storms of his life. Folks, what a blessing it is to know we have a place of peace, no matter what may bring turmoil and anxiety into our lives!
2 Samuel 22:2-4 KJV – “And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.”
Summary Of Our Study
In our text for this morning, we saw that David based upon his various requests to the Lord, clearly showed us that he recognized the great needs of his life. He was honest with himself, admitted his own inabilities and looked to the Lord to meet his shortcomings.
Oh what an important lesson for each one of us! In every situation in life, whether in good or bad times, may we recognize our many inabilities and learn to look to the Lord to meet every need of our life!
Acts 17:28-29 KJV – “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.”
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