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 31:20 KJV – “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.”
Psalms 31:20 ESV – “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.”
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. Previously, David reminded us of the Lord’s wondrous goodness and mercy that He shows to His people. Now, David reminds us of the protection the Lord supplies to us…
Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man:
The Lord puts the protective covering of his presence over His people. When in His presence, we are hidden from the prideful traps laid for us by the world.
Folks, keep in mind that:
1. Lost mankind, in their arrogance, sets traps to overcome the people of God. Their pride leads them to believe that they can gain a spiritual victory over the people of God. They believe their carnal wisdom, knowledge and power are enough to overcome those who are protected by the Lord.
2. As the people of God, we need to always be aware of the world’s continuing efforts to trip us up and render us ineffective in the service of the Lord. Also we must keep in mind the basic principle of this passage. It is when we are in the intimate presence of the Lord that we can be assured of His enablement and protection for our lives.
Of course, there is a level of protection and enablement given to any of us who are a part of the family of God (those who have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior through faith). However, the closer and more intimate our relation to the Lord, the more protection can be had. This means that a lifestyle that includes consistent Bible study, prayer and meditation on the Lord throughout our day, will give us an increased level of spiritual maturity. This, in turn, gives us more spiritual wisdom and Godly enablement as we face the pitfalls the world has set for us.
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.”
Proverbs 3:21-23 KJV – “My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.”
Isaiah 26:7-9 KJV – “The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just. Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.”
thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
David explains that the Lord will conceal His people, symbolically, in a hut made of branches (“pavilion”). While in the hut, we will be kept from chiding and mocking of the lost around us.
The hut made with branches allows the hut to blend into its surroundings, and remain unnoticed to the outside world. This reminds us of a soldier’s camouflage that is used to hide them from their enemies’ view. Satan is the enemy of the saved and is actively seeking to devour them (1 Pet 5:8). When the saved are in this God-given “pavilion”, they are kept safe and unnoticed by the enemy.
Psalms 64:1-2 KJV – “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy. Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:”
Please notice, not only does the Lord hide His people from the harmful traps of the enemy but also from “the strife of tongues”, or “voices that cause controversy and confusion”.
This is one of the great weapons used by Satan against the ministry of the people of God. False teaching, the defaming of God’s people, words causing strife and conflict, and the taking of God’s name in vain, are a few of the many ways that Satan uses speech to cause controversy and confusion among the people of God.
This type of speech can originate not only in the mouths of the lost but, at times, in the mouths of God’s people as well. This is sad indeed. Satan tempts a child of God to say things that oppose another of God’s servants. When the tempted saint falls into the trap and speakS in opposition to the Lord, they are setting a trap for other children of God.
May we all be on guard against allowing Satan to use our speech to set a pitfall for others who are serving the Lord.
James 3:5-6 KJV – “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”
THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:
In this lesson, we have had four basic principles of the Lord’s protection brought out in clear view:
1. Satan and lost mankind, in their arrogance, sets traps to overcome the people of God. We must be on constant guard against these traps that are set for us.
2. As the people of God, it is when we are in the intimate presence of the Lord that we can be assured of His enablement and protection for our lives.
3. False teaching, the defaming of God’s people, words causing strife and conflict, and the taking of God’s name in vain, are a few of the many ways that Satan uses speech to cause controversy and confusion among the people of God.
4. Satan tempts a child of God to say things that oppose another of God’s servants. When the tempted saint falls into the trap and speaks in opposition to the Lord, they are setting a trap for other children of God.
May the Lord bless us as we think on his many protective graces and seek to serve Him out of appreciation for His great protection that lies upon us.
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