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 31:21 KJV – “Blessed [be] the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.”
Psalms 31:21 ESV – “Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city.”
In this section, David is listing many of the blessings that the Lord gives to His people. David has told us about the Lord’s wondrous goodness and protection that He shows to His people. In this next verse, David addresses the Lord’s consistent, unconditional love that He shows to His people…
Blessed [be] the LORD:
The idea of “blessed” means “to kneel down”. In other words, David is saying that the Lord deserves to be knelt to… He deserves to be worshipped (recognized as God) and He deserves to be submitted to (recognized as King of our life).
Psalms 95:6-8 KJV – “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:…”
for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.
One of the many reasons why the Lord deserves our worship and submission is because of His wonderful kindnesses which are motivated by His love for us.
David speaks of these kindnesses being shown to him “in a strong city”. Probably, this is describing an event in David’s life found in 1 Sam 23:7….
“And it was told Saul that David was come to Keilah. And Saul said, God hath delivered him into mine hand; for he is shut in, by entering into a town that hath gates and bars.”
King Saul had thought that he had David trapped within the gated and barred city of Keilah. However, David had escaped from the city before Saul and his men could arrive. The Lord had delivered David from a seemingly hopeless situation, once again showing David His wonderful mercy and love.
THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:
Folks, along with the many different ways that the Lord shows His people His kindness, mercy, and protection, we should never forget His great love for us. It is that love for us that motivates Him to show us these many acts of kindness and grace throughout our lifetimes.
Romans 8:35-39 KJV – “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
May the Lord bless us as we think on his amazing love that He has placed upon us and use His love to motivate us to greater service for Him.
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