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 31:11 KJV – I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.
Psalms 31:11 ESV – Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach, especially to my neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.
Following a recounting of the results of David’s personal sins (vs 9-10), David now turns his attention to the effects of other’s sins in his own life. Not only was David suffering from his own sins, but he was also suffering due to the abuse and sinful attitudes of others.
I was a reproach among all mine enemies,
David was disgraced and shamed among those that hated him.
Why was he being put to shame publically by his enemies? The reason is two-fold:
1. First of all, his personal sins had opened an opportunity for public criticism and shame to be place upon him. In that sense, he was to blame due to the sin he committed.
2. Secondly, the reason why his sins were being brought out in the public was due to sinful judgmental, hateful attitudes of others. They were eagerly awaiting the opportunity to find fault and put him to public shame. In that sense, his public humiliation was due to sin in the lives of his enemies.
What should their attitude have been towards David?
Matthew 5:43-45 KJV – “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
but especially among my neighbours,
Sadly the public ridicule of David did not end with his enemies, but was even spread by those in his neighborhood. Those to whom he lived closely, who he had to see every day, was taking part in public ridicule of David.
Those who lived next to him began to gossip and speak about David only spreading his public shame and guilt.
What should have been their attitude toward David?
1 Timothy 5:13-15 KJV – “And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. For some are already turned aside after Satan.”
and a fear to mine acquaintance:
Due to David’s sin, and the sinful attitudes of others, those who had loving, close relationships with David were alarmed at David’s sin. They were afraid to share a close relationship with him, fearful of being affected by the sins in his life.
These were David’s friends who should have loved him and tried to help him by pointing him back to the Lord and his need of Him. Instead, they selfishly feared for their own welfare and desired to keep David at a distance from them.
What should have been their attitude toward David?
Galatians 6:1-3 KJV – “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”
they that did see me without fled from me.
The general public ran from David wanting to have nothing to do with him. What a sad state of affairs, the King of Israel, due to the sin in his life and the sinful attitudes of those around him, was despised and rejected by his own people.
Who was to blame? David for allowing the sin in his life, and those around him for not handling their relationship with David in a proper way. Both parties were guilty of sin and dishonoring the Lord.
Summary Of Our Study:
David has shared with us four results of personal sin that was aggrevated by sin in the lives of others….
1. giving your enemies an opportunity to put you to public shame
2. giving your neighbors a reason to gossip about you
3. giving your loved ones motivation to stay at arm’s length, fearing a close relationship
4. giving your subordinates a reason to reject your leadership and the example you have set.
Folks, there is a very high price to pay for your sins. It is not enough to feel the pain and personal guilt of the burden of our sins but many times our sin becomes a public issue that results in our public humiliation, shame resulting in dishonor being brought upon our Lord.
May we all learn from king David and seek to rid our lives of sin on a daily basis, not only for eternity’s sake but for our earthly well-being also!
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