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 31:17 KJV – Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, [and] let them be silent in the grave.
Psalms 31:17 ESV – O LORD, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon you; let the wicked be put to shame; let them go silently to Sheol.
In this section of our text, David reveals to us his desires for himself, and those who persecute him…
Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee:
One of David’s desires concerning himself was that he would not be found confused and shamed in the eyes of others.
David had come before the Lord trusting in Him to accompany and deliver David from his hardships. David wanted the Lord to intervene on his behalf and work deliverance in his life. If the Lord did not come to David’s aid, he would not be looked upon as confused and shamed by those who opposed him.
Joel 2:26-27 KJV – “And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.”
let the wicked be ashamed,
David did not want to be brought to shame based upon his profession of trust in his Lord.
However, David did desire for the wicked around him to be put to shame in public. What would be the basis of that shame? The wicked had mocked David’s Lord, many claiming the Lord did not exist, while others claimed the Lord could do nothing to help David.
By desiring for the wicked to be brought to shame, David was desiring for the Lord to be publically glorified and vindicated through David’s deliverance. In doing so, David’s faith would also be vindicated and David would not be brought to shame.
(Please note this was not a selfish desire on David’s part. He did not want His Lord to be evil spoken of, nor did he want his faith to become an instrument for his enemies to dishonor the Lord. Instead, he wanted the Lord’s glory to be shown in his deliverance and wanted the lost to see the need to look to the Lord…)
Psalms 83:15-18 KJV – “So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm. Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD. Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.”
[and] let them be silent in the grave.
Not only did David want to silence the enemies of Christ during their lifetime, but also wanted them to be shamed in the life to come. In other words, David wanted the Lord to glorify and vindicate Himself to the point the lost, when they stand before Christ. They will not be able to open their mouth, or in any way attempt to justify themselves, based upon the Lord’s seeming unfaithfulness to David during his times of trials.
Romans 3:19 KJV – “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”
Summary Of Our Study:
When we are abused at the hands of others, what is our attitude towards them?
Do we desire for them to be put to misery and die in their lost state to avenge our mistreatment?
Do we desire the Lord to be glorified through their salvation, or their eternal punishment?
In other words, when afflicted are we more desirous of vengeance, or the Lord to be glorified in every aspect of the situation at hand?
The truthful answering of these questions tell us much about the closeness of our walk with Christ.
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