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 31:18 KJV – “Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.”
Psalms 31:18 ESV – “Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.”
In this section of our text, David reveals to us his desires for those who oppose the righteous. By “the righteous” David would be referring to himself and all others who are servants of Jehovah, seeking to live their lives for him…
“Let the lying lips be put to silence;
David desired for the criticisms, judgments and deceit of the lost to be brought to an end.
Two of the greatest ways that the lost oppose the servants of God is through false teaching and deceitful judgments of the servants of God. David’s desire was for this speech to be brought to an end by God.
Isaiah 54:17 KJV – “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
John 8:44 KJV – “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.”
The words of the lost which are pointed against the servants of the Lord are spoken in a prideful and disrespectful way. They produce great pain and sorrow in the lives of God’s servants…
Psalms 123:3-4 KJV – “Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt. Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.”
Acts 25:7 KJV – “And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.”
Folks, this has been a weapon of the opposition throughout both the Old and New Testaments. The lost will always be fault-finding, judgmental, and critical of all those who seek to serve the Lord.
The greatest example of this was the many lies told about Christ Himself, by the Jews…
Mark 14:55-59 KJV – “And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none. For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together. And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying, We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands. But neither so did their witness agree together.”
Summary Of Our Study:
Folks, we should never be surprised at the lost speaking deceitful, critical words against us. It is to be expected if we are following in the footsteps of Christ.
John 15:18 KJV – “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”
How are we to respond to the lies and insults of those who oppose us? We are to do as David did, and give these things to the Lord and rely on Him to bring them to silence. While in the midst of these things we are to put the Lord desires for us first. We are to love, bless, do good and pray for those who oppose us.
By doing this, we are using this difficult life situation to be a witness and testimony of the love of Christ within us…
Matthew 5:44-45 KJV – “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.”
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