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 31:16 KJV – Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake.
Psalms 31:16 ESV – Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!
One of the greatest needs David had was the Lord’s presence to be clearly shown to him. In the midst of life trials what a blessing it is to know that the Lord is by our side… this is the request David is making in this mornings devotional.
Make thy face to shine upon thy servant:
David desires for the Lord to allow His face to “shine” upon him. In other words, he desired for the Lord to be accompany him and be pleased with him.
Numbers 6:25-26 KJV – “The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
Psalms 30:7 KJV – “LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.”
save me for thy mercies’ sake.
David asks the Lord to save (deliver) him from his trials. The Lord was to do this, not because David deserved it, nor because He was obligated to fulfill David’s prayer. He was to do it entirely of His grace and mercy being shown to David.
The Hebrew word that is translated “mercies sake” carries with it the ideas of love, faithfulness, and undeserved aid. Basically David is asking the Lord to aid Him, not because he deserved the help, but because of God’s great love that caused God to be faithful to His people.
Summary Of Our Study:
When in the midst of our trials do we find ourselves concerned about the Lord’s presence and fulfilling the Lord’s desires for His life?
When in the midst of our trials are we concerned about our relationship with the Lord, or are we self-consumed with our life issues? Do we seek His presence in our life? Do we know that any help the Lord may give to us is entirely by His grace and undeserved by us?
All the above are keys to handling our times of trials in ways that please the Lord. May we never allow our personal problems to stand between recognizing the greatness of God and seeking to please the Lord with our lives.
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