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 31:22 KJV – 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.
Psalms 31:22 KJV – 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.
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 the last verse that we studied David explained the wonders of the Lord’s consistent, unconditional love that He shows to His people.
In this final verse of David’s praise, David sums up the Lord’s miraculous deliverance in his life despite his doubts and fears …
For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes:
David recognizes that, at times, he did not trust his Lord as he should. David’s doubts in the Lord were based upon what his physical eyes told him. He was facing great trials that seemed to be insurmountable. This led him to assume that the Lord was no longer watching over him and had no intention of intervening in David’s life and bringing him out from his trials.
The idea of the word “haste”, which holds the idea of “running away in fear”, clearly reveals David’s fear in the presence of a great past trial. Not only did these actions reveal his fear of abandonment, but his words revealed that fear also… “I am cut off from before thine eyes:”
nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.
In spite of David’s doubtings and fears, the Lord still acted upon his requests for deliverance when David cried loudly to Him. He was faithful to David in the midst of David’s unfaithfulness. He accompanied David in spite of David’s lack of recognition of His presence. He was protecting David in spite of David’s fears.
Isaiah 41:10 KJV – “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:
What a wonderful principle for us to see in these verses. In spite of our unbelief, the Lord is still there with us, watching over us, accompanying us, and ready to intervene in our life’s situations.
Truly, Christ’s love for us is unconditional. Nothing, including our times of doubting, will separate us from His great love. As believers, we need to recognize that His presence in our life, or not, He is ALWAYS there with us. He blesses in spite of our unbelief.
Additional important note note:
If the Lord does bless us in spite of our unbelief, why does what does the Bible mean when it says…
Matthew 13:58 KJV – “And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”
Keep in mind the unbelieving people of Nazereth, the hometown of Christ, had consistently denied Christ’s position as God and Messiah. In spite of seeing Him grow up among them and come to know Him intimately, they refused to recognize Him for who He really was (Matthew 13:53-58).
Because of their sinful unbelief in the face of many proofs, the Lord choose to no longer do miracles in their presence. This was a gracious effort to show them their condition of alienation from the Lord and their need to repent of their sin and trust in Him as God, Messiah and their Savior.
Their unbelief did not take away from the power of the Lord, nor did it limit what He could do for them in anyway. It simply caused Him to willingly choose to no longer work in their midst due to their continual rejection of Him. He can work in spite of our unbelief as David clearly showed us. However, at times for the good of those who do not believe, He limits His workings among men.
May we never believe that our faith or any other good work adds to His power or enables Him to do what He otherwise could not do. This is a vain, humanistic belief that puts mankind in a place of empowering God to do what He otherwise could not. This is vanity at its finest.
May the Lord bless us as we think on his amazing unconditional love that He has placed upon us and use His love to motivate us to greater service for Him.
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