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 – Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
Psalms 31:23 KJV – Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!
In our closing devotional in this series David shares with each of us to courageously serve the Lord, in whatever situation we may be facing in life…
Be of good courage,
Christian, no matter what opposition we may be facing, no matter what trials may come our way, no matter what temptations lie in our path, we are to be confident and bold in our service to Christ.
No matter what may be our lot in life, we can know with certainty our Lord is with us, enabling us and performing His will for our lives, which will ultimately bring about our victory.
1 John 2:14 KJV – “I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.”
1 John 4:4 KJV – “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
and he shall strengthen your heart,
Our courage in the midst of life’s difficulties is not our talents, abilities, or wisdom, it is based entirely on the Lord’s intervention in our life. It is what He does in us, enabling us, gracing us, blessing us, strengthening us, and intervening in our day to day walk.
It is not US but HIM!…
1 Corinthians 15:57 KJV – “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 8:37 KJV – “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
Notice that David especially points to the Lord strengthening our “heart”. Throughout the Bible, the heart represents our inward being (especially the set of desires that lie within us).
When we are told that the Lord, “strengthens our heart”, David is describing the Lord giving us the courage and boldness we need to continue serving Him in the midst of life’s trials. In a sense, He is strengthening our desire to serve Him during times when opposition and discouragements would normally dampen our desires to please Him.
all ye that hope in the LORD.
As Christians, when we recognize our victory is found in Christ’s intervention and not ourselves, it causes us to always have hope no matter what life situation we are facing. Even if our life situation seems impossible for US to overcome, we know that the LORD can work miracles in our life and bring us through victoriously! This is the basis of the never-ending hope of God’s people. Christ in us the hope of glory!
Colossians 1:27-29 KJV – “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.”
Folks, as we come to the conclusion of this devotional series, may we all use this portion of the Word to give us strength and courage as we face the many difficulties our life holds.
If we remember that we are more than conquerors through Christ, we will see our difficulties as opportunities for the Lord to intervene, work miracles, and bring us forth victoriously. We will no longer see them as hindrances that make our lives more difficult, and threaten to snatch the ultimate victory from us.
Knowledge of these truths will allow us to see our trials as opportunities to grow stronger in Christ and bring glory and honor to Him. It will cause us to rely more upon Him and less upon ourselves and our carnal fleshly emotions, plans, and thoughts. Finally when we accept the truths we have seen in this Psalm and apply them to our lives, they will give us confidence of victory in the midst of the most seemingly impossible of life’s situations we may face.
By God’s grace, may we all apply these truths to our lives and boldly continue in our service for Christ!
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