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)
Psalms 31:4 KJV – Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou [art] my strength.
Psalms 31:4 KJV – you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge.
Psalms 31:4 – “David’s Recognition” (Part 2)
In the previous verse David recognized the Lord as his rock and fortress, leading him to desire a closer walk with the Lord. Now in our text for this morning, David continues to think about the Lord and all that He is doing for him during this great time of need…
Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me:
David recognizes his inability to overcome his earthly enemies. David’s enemies have secretly planned for his capture (much like a hunter who has prepared and then hidden a net ready to capture his prey).
Throughout David’s reign as King, he had many enemies, both foreign and domestic, seeking to capture or murder him. He was well acquainted with human opposition. Throughout these years of opposition, David had learned to run to the Lord as the ultimate source of protection for his life.
The deceitful plotting of men is much like the deceitful workings of Satan in our lives. Keep in mind Satan seeks to overcome God’s people through subterfuge and deceit. His works are intended to mislead and deceive men…
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV – “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
Just as David and his deliverance from his earthly enemies, so too, as Christians our only hope of deliverance from the deceptive workings of Satan is Christ’s gracious hand of deliverance for us.
for thou [art] my strength.
Why did David run to the Lord when he faced the opposition of man? David recognized that the Lord was his ultimate source of his strength.
Oh, if each one of us could humble ourselves and learn this valuable lesson. The Lord is the source of our strength.
Psalms 18:2 KJV – “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; …”
Summary Of Our Study
Many times, we all attempt to overcome our hardships and Satan’s workings of our own ability, and then, after miserably failing, we finally look to Christ for our deliverance. How wonderful it would be if we all look to Christ immediately for our deliverance and look not to our own abilities!
2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV – “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
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