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 31:7 KJV – “I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;”
Psalms 31:7 ESV – “ I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul,”
David also commits himself to find joy and gladness in the midst of his trials. He does this by concentrating on his Lord and the relationship he enjoyed with Him.
“I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy:
David would find both inward gladness (“be glad”) and then show his joy outwardly to others (“rejoice”), even in the midst of all he was going through. He had now committed himself to his Lord, he is resting on the Lord’s protection and grace, and is able to be glad in the midst of it all.
Psalms 13:5-6 KJV – “But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”
for thou hast considered my trouble;
What is the basis of David’s joy in the midst of his sorrow? It was in knowing that the Lord examined closely the miserable circumstances that David was experiencing. The Lord had not forsaken him, nor did he simply “glimpse” at David’s trials and move on. No, the Lord took the time to closely examine David’s condition, the obstacles he faced, the enemies that waited for him.
Psalms 9:13 KJV – “Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:”
thou hast known my soul in adversities;”
Not only did the Lord recognize the trials that David faced, He also intimately knew the condition of David’s inner man as he faced this very tight, suffocating, difficult issue in his life.
Psalms 142:3 KJV – “When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.”
Summary Of Our Study
Not only did the Lord know the circumstances that he faced in life, but he also, knew David’s inward thoughts, fears, and motivations. What a precious thought for David to hold close to himself. No matter what David would face the Lord knew and understood the situation and the inward struggles he was enduring.
What a precious hope for each one of us! What a wonderful source of strength, joy and peace while in the midst of the storm…. Simply knowing that the same Lord who redeemed us through His sacrifice on the cross for us, knows the outward, and inward issues of life we face everyday! What a wonderful blessing it is!
Jeremiah 17:7-8 KJV – “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”
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