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 31:6 KJV – “I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.”
Psalms 31:6 ESV – “I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD.”
Following David’s committal to commit his entire being over to his Redeemer we now see him making the commitment to stand against those who dishonor the Lord…
“I have hated them that regard lying vanities:
One of the natural results to David’s recognition of God’s greatness and his total commitment to the Lord was his hatred of false worship and the pursuit of worldly offerings.
In this passage, the phrase “lying vanities” is a very interesting one indeed. In our alternate translation we find this translated “worthless idols”, in others, it is translated “vain idols”. So what does this phrase actually mean”
The Hebrew word translated “lying” simply refers to something that is “evil and deceptive rendering it useless”.
The Hebrew word “vanities” refers to something that is empty or of no lasting value. In several places in the Bible it clearly refers to idols and those who are guilty of idol worship (Deut 32:21; 1 Kings 16:13, 26; Jer 8:19, 14:22). In these cases, it is teaching us of the emptiness of idols and the worship of them.
Solomon, in Ecclesiastes, uses this same Hebrew word for “vanities” to describe the empty nature of all that the world has to offer (knowledge, riches, fame, power, pleasures etc)
Based upon these passages, when David states that “I have hated them that regard lying vanities” He is saying one of two things, or perhaps both:
1. He is saying that he hates to see the sin of idolatry being performed in the lives of lost men. David knows the greatness of Jehovah, and has committed his life to Him. David does not want to see lost men taking away from the honor and worship that is deserved by Jehovah being given to the false gods of this world. This is a worthless type of service that will only
2. He is saying that he hates to see the things of the world being honored and pursued by lost mankind. David realizes it is a vain pursuit that will only lead to sorrow and eternal loss for mankind.
but I trust in the LORD.”
Instead of placing his faith in the world’s offerings or false gods, David has placed his faith in the true Lord, Jehovah. David’s faith and commitment to his God, now places his motives, loves, beliefs and actions in direct opposition to those of the world.
He has committed himself to serve Jehovah while the lost seeks to serve the world and its false god. David loves his Lord, the lost love the world and all that lies within it. David’s life is now lived in obedience to the Lord, the lost is being lived in the service of the things of this world and the false gods that exist therein.
This creates exact opposites to say the least.
Summary Of Our Study
In this devotional, we have seen one of the effects of David’s commitment to the Lord. It places him at enmity with the lost and the things of this world. Although David loved the lost, he hated to see them commit acts of sin and live for that which cannot satisfy. He hated to see His Lord being dishonored and the lost wasting their lives on the path of deception and misery.
Truly committing ourselves to the Lord will change our relationship to this world and those who find enjoyment in it.
James 4:4 KJV – “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
Although we will still continue to love those who are in the world, we find our disagreeing with their lifestyles, beliefs and the messages they convey.
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