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 31:13 KJV – For I have heard the slander of many: fear [was] on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.
Psalms 31:13 ESV – For I hear the whispering of many— terror on every side!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.
Following a recounting of the results of David’s personal sins (vs 9-10), David has turned his attention to the effects of other’s sins in his own life (vs 11-13). David concludes his look at this subject in our text for this morning…
For I have heard the slander of many:
David heard many of the slanderous things that were being said about him. Although he had sinned, those around him exaggerated and twisted what he had done, ultimately misrepresenting everything and bringing undue disgrace to his name.
This is the nature of those who gossip, what may start as a factual account very quickly is distorted and embellished until the truth can no longer be found as the narrative is passed on to others.
James 3:5-6 KJV – “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”
fear [was] on every side:
As David heard what was being said about him, the level of his anxiety increased. He saw his safety was being threatened as hatred against him grew with the spreading of the smears against him. As the hatred toward David grew ….
Psalms 57:4 KJV – “My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.”
while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.
The people began to work together and plot how they could take David’s life. All of this was taking place because of David’s personal sin and sin that was in the lives of others.
Jeremiah 11:19 KJV – “But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.”
Summary Of Our Study:
This was the basis of David’s fear…
1. He knew he had sinned against the Lord
2. He knew that his communion with the Lord was hindered
3. He knew others were bringing it into the public
4. He knew many were exaggerating his sin and defaming him publically
5. He knew many were believing this defamation and hating him
6. He knew that those who hated him were now plotting to take his life
From a human standpoint, he had much to fear. Things were totally out of his control. He could deal with his personal sin, but he could not control what was being said about him, nor could he control the attitudes of the people for him. His own actions had created a mess in his life, and now this mess had totally snowballed out of his control.
All he could do is run to the One who could control these things… his Lord.
Psalms 71:10-12 KJV – “For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together, Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him. O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.”
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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