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 am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.
Psalms 31:11 ESV – I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.
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 am forgotten as a dead man out of mind:
David used to hold a very influential place among the Israelites, not only was he their king who could force his beliefs upon them, but he looked upon as a very wise, Godly person who had gained the respect and admiration of those over which he ruled.
But now, due to David’s sin, and the public revelation of it, he had lost the respect of his citizens and was looked upon as being one to be ignored, forgotten and quickly put out of mind.
His current existence was much like the condition of a dead man who had long been forgotten and dismissed as totally irrelevant by the current generation of the living. How sad to see this take place. With one sin made public, we can totally destroy our testimony which took years to build up.
1 Timothy 1:18-19 KJV – “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:”
I am like a broken vessel.
Due to the destruction of David’s godly testimony, he found himself rendered useless among his own people, much like a broken vessel that could no longer retain water, only to be cast aside upon the rubbish heap to be used to scrape the sores of the destitute.
Job 2:7-8 KJV – “So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.”
Summary Of Our Study:
David has shared with us another devastating result of personal sin that was aggravated by sin in the lives of others….
Ruining your public testimony and no longer being a strong influence for Christ in the lives of others.
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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