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 31:19 KJV – “[Oh] how great [is] thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; [which] thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!”
Psalms 31:19 ESV – “Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!”
Following David’s bringing his needs and desires to the Lord, he now takes time to praise the Lord for who He is and what He has done for His people…
“[Oh] how great [is] thy goodness,
David begins by praising the Lord for His “goodness” (ie His kind, merciful nature and beneficial works He does on behalf of others). David describes His goodness as being overflowing and never-ending.
David understood that the Lord’s kindness had no limits, His forgiveness has no bounds, His beneficial works on behalf of His people never ends. He is good all the time!
Lamentations 3:22 KJV – “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.”
which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee;
The Lord has reserved His forgiveness and mercies to those who come to Him in saving faith and exhibit a reverence for Him in their lives. Those who are truly saved will exhibit a reverential fear of Him. If a person does not reverence the Lord, they have never experienced the wondrous mercy of the Lord.
This is a very important point that cannot be overemphasized… reverence for the Lord is one of marks of those are His redeemed. When we are accepted into the kingdom of Christ, through God’s grace, we are given a reverential, Godly fear attitude towards our King…
Hebrews 12:28 KJV – “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:”
[which] thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!”
This wondrous mercy and kindness of the Lord was gained solely through Christ’s work on the cross. It was “wrought” for His people, through His sufferings and death as He paid the price for their sins, which opened the flood gates of His blessing to those who trust in Him.
Psalms 126:2-3 KJV – “Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”
Summary Of Our Study:
Even in the midst of David’s trying times, he understood the need to keep his eyes upon his Lord, concentrating on His greatness and the wonderful works He has done on his behalf.
Knowledge, and a recollection of the Lord’s goodness, gives the saint the needed encouragement and strength to continue on in troublesome times. It forces us to recognize our need to rely upon Him for our strength and continued safety and not to rely upon our own fleshly, sinful ways to escape from the trials we face.
David emphasizes this same truth in Psalm 25:1-6,15-22…
“O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old….
Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses. Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.”
May we all learn from David’s writings and come to trust in Him during every season of our life… the good times, the bad times, the happy times and the sad times…. May we always keep our eyes on the Lord and recognize His never-ending blessings on our behalf!
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