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 31:8 KJV – “And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.”
Psalms 31:8 ESV – and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.
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. In our text this morning, David is finding joy in seeing the Lord at work in both the past and present difficulties of life….
“And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.”
Over the years, and in the current situation he is facing, David sees that the Lord never allows David’s enemies to get him “trapped into a corner”. The Lord always made sure that David had plenty of space to escape from those who were working toward his harm.
Psalms 4:1 KJV – “To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.”
David, remembering the Lord’s prior intercession during the tough times of life inspired David to greater prayer and faith in Him.
Summary Of Our Study
Folks during the difficult times of our lives, it is so important for us to always remember how the Lord has blessed us in times past. David consistently, applied this principle throughout his lifetime. Even as a young shepherd boy, David used memories of past deliverance from his enemies to encourage his heart and prepare him to battle the giant, Goliath.
1 Samuel 17:33-37 KJV –
“And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.”
May we all learn this very valuable lesson from the example set by David. Whenever we are faced with a seemingly impossible situation, may we always remind ourselves that the situation is well under God’s control. We can do this by remembering the past “impossible” situations we have faced in life and the miraculous deliverances that the Lord has so graciously granted to us.
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