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 31:23 KJV – O love the LORD, all ye his saints: [for] the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
Psalms 31:23 KJV – Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
In this final section of Psalm 31:, David shares with each of us a parting exhortation to love, obey and remain courageous in spiritual warfare for the cause of Christ.
O love the LORD, all ye his saints:
For those who have been taken out of the kingdom of Satan and placed into the kingdom of God, love the Lord for He has done so much for you! How can we not love someone who gave their life for us and in so doing, adopted us into His family?
Deuteronomy 30:16 KJV – “In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.”
In the above verse, we find the marks of those who truly love the Lord as they should…
1. to walk in his ways – They follow the the Lord as they walk down life’s pathway.
2. and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, – They actively seek to submit themselves to the Lord’s mandates, His callings, and His decisions for our lives.
3. that thou mayest live and multiply: – They enjoy earthly blessings.
4. and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.” – They receive the inheritance promised and prepared for them by God Himself.
These are a few of the characteristics that are displayed in the lives of God’s physically (Israelites), and more importantly spiritually (Believers), chosen people…
1 Peter 2:9 KJV – “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”
[for] the LORD preserveth the faithful,
We are to love our Lord because He protects and maintains those who have placed their faith in Him.
Jude 1:1 KJV – “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:”
and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
We are to love the Lord, not only because He cares for those who love Him, but He also deals justly with those who oppose Him.
Here, David tells us that the Lord works overflowing retribution in the lives of those who pridefully disobey Him. We are to love Him for this because we can know with certainty that the abuse we face at the hands of the lost is always avenged by God. His vengeance is always an act that works justice and brings glory and honor to Him.
Psalms 94:2 KJV – “Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.”
Folks, as His chosen people, may we love our Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and being. May we always remember His preserving hand that is always at work in our lives, and His hand of justice that gives back to the proud what they always deserve.
Mark 12:30 KJV – “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
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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