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Psalms 31:1 – David’s Request (Part 1)

 

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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 1nsurmountable.

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)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

KJV – 1) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.

ESV – 1) In you, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me!

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Psalms 31:1 – “David’s Request” (Part 1)

 

Verse one of this Psalm contains its introductory statement…

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

This Psalm, like many, was addressed to “the chief Musician” who was in control of the Psalms that would be sung during the worship times at the temple.

King David, according to this verse is designated as the writer of this Psalm.

Stop and think about it for just a minute.  Although he had to be very busy, his time being filled with reigning over the kingdom of Israel, David still found time to write songs of praise and instruction to lead his people spiritually. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful blessing if we had rulers in our country that were Godly men, concerned about the spiritual welfare of our country, and who then took the time to share with us the truths of God and the life lessons he had learned from the Lord?

 

David understood the great need of his people for spiritual encouragement and strength during times of great need.  Because of this, he wanted to share his experiences and the lessons he learned from them by having these songs sung publically in their place of worship.

 

Verse one continues with King David, in the midst of a very difficult hardship, proclaiming his faith in the Lord followed by making two requests of Him… 

In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; 

David found refuge in the midst of the storms of life in Jehovah.  He placed his trust in Him, knowing that He could accomplish what David’s power, wealth, and own human effort was unable to accomplish.  David, one of the most powerful men in the world at that time, readily admits his inability and his need to run to the Lord for His protection.

David, picturing his Lord as his refuge, knew that the Lord could either deliver him victoriously from the trial, or He could allow the trial to continue while keeping David in safe in the midst of it.   In either case, David would be kept safe as the Lord would work in his midst, being his refuge and strength.

 

Folks, the Lord has NEVER promised to deliver us from our trials, but He has promises to ALWAYS be with us in the midst of them….

Hebrews 13:5-6 KJV – “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

 

let me never be ashamed:

The first of King David’s requests in this verse is a request for the Lord to never allow David to be put to a public shame.  Along with his public declaration of trusting in the Lord comes the fear of his being put to a public shame.

When David admitted he was looking to the Lord, the lost could accuse him of being “weak” or “scared” instead of facing his trial “like a man”.  Or, if David came to harm during his trial, then lost mankind could ridicule him asking “Where is your God, David…. Where is your great refuge in time of need?”  bringing him to a public shame.

Folks, this is a fear we all must face as we take a public stand for Christ.  Are we willing to “put it all on the line” for Christ, by being willing to suffer public ridicule for His glory?

Psalms 34:4-6 KJV – “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.  They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.  This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.”

 

deliver me in thy righteousness. 

The second request of King David was for the Lord to deliver him.  He was just like the rest of us when, in the midst of a fiery trial of our faith, desires to be removed from the situation which is at hand.   We all can relate to this feeling.

However, David puts a stipulation to His request by saying “in thy righteousness”.  In other words, David only wanted delivered if it did not violate the Lord’s righteous (sinless) will.   If the Lord’s will included David remaining in the midst of the trial, so be it.  David did not want the Lord to violate His own righteousness by removing him from his afflictions outside the will of His Father.

How many of us can say we have desired the same when trials come upon us?   How many of us truly were willing to stay in the midst of our afflictions for the sake of the Lord’s will and glory?

Psalms 143:1 KJV – “A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.”

 

 

Summary Of Our Study

In the first verse of our study we have seen: an introduction to this Psalm, David’s public declaration of faith in his Lord, and David’s requests to not be put to a public shame and his request for deliverance from his hardships.

In the midst of all of these, we see our need for self-examination on display.   We all have faced difficult situations in our lives and we all have taken these needs to Christ. But in the midst of these…

Did we look to Christ, instead of our own human means, to remove us from these pains?

Did we publically declare our faith in Him at the risk of public ridicule?

Did we only seek deliverance from our hardships if it were according to God’s divine will?

May we all be able to say “Yes” to these questions as we continue to seek to be faithful servants of our Lord.

 

And remember every trial we face is another opportunity to be found faithful to our Lord and His desires for our lives.

 

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New Devotional Series Begins Tomorrow On SIH Ministries….

SIH HALTAL ICONIn our next devotional series, we will be looking at Psalm 31:.   Lord willing, it will be approximately one month long, leading us into a devotional series for the Thanksgiving season beginning in early November.

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 unsurmountable.

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.

For an introductory look at Psa 31;…

http://wp.me/pU88A-4j5

 

Psalms 31:1-24 – Introduction

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INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

 

In our next devotional series, we will be looking at Psalm 31:.   Lord willing, it will be approximately one month long, leading us into a devotional series for the Thanksgiving season beginning in early November.

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)

 

Please note:

In this series I will be doing something a little differently compared to our past devotionals. I will be presenting both the KJV and the ESV renderings to give us, perhaps, slightly more insight into the vocabulary being used.
Although I always have, and will, base my studies and messages on the KJV translation, I do find using the ESV as a secondary source quite helpful in my studies.
As the series continues, please feel free to comment on whether you like this addition or not for future devotional series.  I would appreciate it.

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

A presentation of the text we will be studying in this series:

Psalms 31:1-24 – KJV 

1) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.
2) Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.
3) For thou [art] my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.
4) Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou [art] my strength.
5) Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
6) I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.
7) I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;
8) And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.
9) Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, [yea], my soul and my belly.
10) For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.
11) I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.
12) I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.
13) 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.
14) But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou [art] my God.
15) My times [are] in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
16) Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake.
17) 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.
18) Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.
19) [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!
20) Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
21) Blessed [be] the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.
22) For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.
23) O love the LORD, all ye his saints: [for] the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
24) Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

 

Psalms 31:1-24 ESV

1) In you, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me!
2) Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
3) For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;
4) you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge.
5) ​Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.
6) I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD.
7) I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul,
8) and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.
9) Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also.
10) For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.
11) Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach, especially to my neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.
12) I have been forgotten like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel.
13) For I hear the whispering of many— terror on every side!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.
14) But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”
15) My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16) ​Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!
17) 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.
18) Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.
19) 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!
20) In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.
21) Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city.
22) I had said in my alarm, “I am cut off from your sight.” But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help.
23) Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
24) ​Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!

 

Summary Of Our Study

By the end of our series, when faced with intense trials in life, may we all come to a greater commitment to follow the closing advice of King David when he says…

O love the LORD, all ye his saints: [for] the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.  Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

This is the desire of my heart and the purpose for this coming devotional series.

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Do We Praise The Lord For Changing Our Lives…

SIH HALTAL ICON“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.   For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.”  (Galatians 6:14-15 KJV)

Galatians 6:15b : A New Creature

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INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

 

 

In this devotional we will be looking at the glorious message found in Gals 6:14-15…

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.   For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.”  (Galatians 6:14-15 KJV)

Our devotionals will be looking at:

  1. Glorying In The Cross (Gal 6:14a)
  2. The Dual Crucifixion (Gal 6:14b)
  3. Circumcision To No Avail (Gal 6:15a)
  4. A New Creature (Gal 6:15b)

In each of these devotionals our prevailing topic will be the sufficiency of Christ and the insufficiency of man to bring about the transformation of an individual’s life.

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Galatians 6:15  “… But a new creature”

In the context of this phrase the Bible is comparing the reason why we are to glory only in the cross of Christ for our salvation.  We are told in the preceding phrase that circumcision (representative of human lineage and good works) will not secure salvation for us.  What is key to our attaining salvation and a new life in Christ? …

 

But a new creature

Salvation comes to us as we are made into a new creation through the intervention of Christ.   If a person has not become a new creation, they are not saved.  There are no exceptions to this.

In what way(s) are we made new?  In 2 Corinthians 5:17, we are told that…

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

The  Christian is made new in EVERY way.  But how can this be?  The key to understanding this passage is to understand the change of heart (love and desires) that takes place at our salvation.   When a Christian is saved they are giving a heart of love for their Lord and a desire to put Him first in EVERY aspect of their life.  This changes everything for the Christian.

When we love the Lord above all others, our attitudes about sin, loving and helping others, the importance of Scripture, our quality of work at the workplace, leading our families all change…  the list is endless.

When we begin to put the Lord first in every aspect of our life it changes us in every area of our existence.  We manifest our love for our Lord in our thinking, motivations, and actions.   We truly become new creatures in Him as every aspect of our life changes.

 

“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”    (Ephesians 4:22-24)

This does not mean that we never sin, it simply means that when we sin, we regret it, abhor it, repent of it and seek to rid it from our lives, instead of enjoying it and not caring about retaining it in our lives.

 

Summary Of Our Study

So when we recognize the great change that has taken place within us, why do we glory in the cross of Christ instead of glorying in our physical lineage or works?   It is because that great change has ONLY taken place through the gracious intercession of the Lord Jesus into our lives.

When we didn’t want Him, He lovingly brought us to Himself.

When we didn’t see our great need, He mercifully opened our eyes to the horrible condition we were in.

When we couldn’t repent nor believe in Him, He graciously gave us these wondrous gifts.

Even now following our salvation, any good thing that we do for Him is only due to the enabling of His Spirit which He has placed in each one of us.

This is why we can only boast in Christ for the great change that has taken place in our lives!

 

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Our Physical Lineage and Our Religious Works Cannot Secure Salvation For Us…

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Galatians 6:15  “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision”

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4iE

Galatians 6:15a : Circumcision Is To No Avail

SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

In this devotional we will be looking at the glorious message found in Gals 6:14-15…

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.   For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.”  (Galatians 6:14-15 KJV)

Our devotionals will be looking at:

  1. Glorying In The Cross (Gal 6:14a)
  2. The Dual Crucifixion (Gal 6:14b)
  3. Circumcision To No Avail (Gal 6:15a)
  4. A New Creature (Gal 6:15b)

In each of these devotionals our prevailing topic will be the sufficiency of Christ and the insufficiency of man to bring about the transformation of an individual’s life.

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Galatians 6:15  “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision”

 

Please keep in mind, the main theme of this section of Scripture involves answering the question, who is to be given the credit for a life that has been transformed from guilt and the slavery of sin, to forgiveness and service to Christ.

We now look at the role of good works and human lineage in receiving salvation and a transformed life…

 

For in Christ Jesus

 

Galatians 3:26-28 helps us to understand what it means for a Christian to be “in Christ” –

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

In other words, to be “in Christ” refers to a Christian being identified with Christ due to his exercise of faith, baptism, public testimony for Christ, and his union with Christ and other Christians.

To summarize, to be “in Christ” refers to the Christian being identified as one of Christ’s due to an exercise of saving faith which results in union with Christ and a transformed life.

 

neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision

When people are identified as being truly saved (in other words, they are “in Christ”), they cannot give credit for their salvation to their circumcision (or their lack of circumcision).

What does circumcision refer to in this text.  Throughout both testaments, circumcision, on a physical level, outwardly declared that a person was a member of the nation of Israel.   Physical circumcision also had a religious aspect to it, it was an outward declaration that this person was a worshipper of Jehovah.

When Paul tells us that we cannot give our circumcision credit for our life-changing salvation experience, he is saying that both our physical lineage and the performance of outward religious acts cannot secure salvation, nor can it produce a changed life in Christ.

Just because we are of a certain nationality, Christ is not a respecter of persons.  A person of any nationality, gender, or social status can attain salvation and a changed life through Him and Him alone…

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”  (Galatians 3:26-29)

Likewise, the Scriptures are equally clear that all of our good works which we can perform will never be able to secure our salvation…

“But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”  (Titus 3:4-7)

 

Summary Of Our Study

Truly our physical lineage and the good works of our hands can never bring about a changed life.  This can only be had through the gracious intervention of Christ as He saves us, cleansing our hearts and minds and producing a changed life that bears the fruits of the Spirit.

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