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When Things Seem Hopeless and Out Of Your Control…. Look To Christ!

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Psalms 31:13 KJV – For I have heard the slander of many: fear [was] on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4kn

Psalms 31:13 – David’s Sufferings (Part 5)

 

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)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psalms 31:13 KJV – For I have heard the slander of many: fear [was] on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

 

Psalms 31:13 ESV – For I hear the whispering of many— terror on every side!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Following a recounting of the results of David’s personal sins (vs 9-10), David has turned his attention to the effects of other’s sins in his own life (vs 11-13). David concludes his look at this subject in our text for this morning…

 

For I have heard the slander of many:

 

David heard many of the slanderous things that were being said about him. Although he had sinned, those around him exaggerated and twisted what he had done, ultimately misrepresenting everything and bringing undue disgrace to his name.

This is the nature of those who gossip, what may start as a factual account very quickly is distorted and embellished until the truth can no longer be found as the narrative is passed on to others.

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.”

 

 

fear [was] on every side:

 

As David heard what was being said about him, the level of his anxiety increased. He saw his safety was being threatened as hatred against him grew with the spreading of the smears against him. As the hatred toward David grew ….

Psalms 57:4 KJV – “My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.”

 

 

 

while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

 

The people began to work together and plot how they could take David’s life. All of this was taking place because of David’s personal sin and sin that was in the lives of others.

 

Jeremiah 11:19 KJV – “But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.”

 

 

Summary Of Our Study:

This was the basis of David’s fear…

1. He knew he had sinned against the Lord

2. He knew that his communion with the Lord was hindered

3. He knew others were bringing it into the public

4. He knew many were exaggerating his sin and defaming him publically

5. He knew many were believing this defamation and hating him

6. He knew that those who hated him were now plotting to take his life

From a human standpoint, he had much to fear. Things were totally out of his control. He could deal with his personal sin, but he could not control what was being said about him, nor could he control the attitudes of the people for him. His own actions had created a mess in his life, and now this mess had totally snowballed out of his control.

All he could do is run to the One who could control these things… his Lord.

Psalms 71:10-12 KJV – “For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together, Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him. O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.”

May we all learn from King David and seek to rid our lives of sin on a daily basis, not only for eternity’s sake but for our earthly well-being also!

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Ruining Our Public Testimony By Sin Renders Us Useless In God’s Service

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Psalms 31:11 KJV – I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4kf

Psalms 31:12 – David’s Sufferings (Part 4)

 

 

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)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psalms 31:11 KJV – I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

 

Psalms 31:11 ESV – I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Following a recounting of the results of David’s personal sins (vs 9-10), David now turns his attention to the effects of other’s sins in his own life. Not only was David suffering from his own sins, but he was also suffering due to the abuse and sinful attitudes of others…

 

I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind:

 

David used to hold a very influential place among the Israelites, not only was he their king who could force his beliefs upon them, but he looked upon as a very wise, Godly person who had gained the respect and admiration of those over which he ruled.

But now, due to David’s sin, and the public revelation of it, he had lost the respect of his citizens and was looked upon as being one to be ignored, forgotten and quickly put out of mind.

His current existence was much like the condition of a dead man who had long been forgotten and dismissed as totally irrelevant by the current generation of the living. How sad to see this take place. With one sin made public, we can totally destroy our testimony which took years to build up.

 

1 Timothy 1:18-19 KJV – “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:”

 

 

 

 

I am like a broken vessel.

Due to the destruction of David’s godly testimony, he found himself rendered useless among his own people, much like a broken vessel that could no longer retain water, only to be cast aside upon the rubbish heap to be used to scrape the sores of the destitute.

Job 2:7-8 KJV – “So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.”

Summary Of Our Study:

David has shared with us another devastating result of personal sin that was aggravated by sin in the lives of others….

Ruining your public testimony and no longer being a strong influence for Christ in the lives of others.

Folks, there is a very high price to pay for your sins. It is not enough to feel the pain and personal guilt of the burden of our sins but many times our sin becomes a public issue that results in our public humiliation, shame resulting in dishonor being brought upon our Lord.

May we all learn from King David and seek to rid our lives of sin on a daily basis, not only for eternity’s sake but for our earthly well-being also!

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Sin In A Christian’ s Life Gives The Lost Opportunity To Judge and Put To Shame

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Psalms 31:11 KJV – I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4kd

Psalms 31:11 – David’s Sufferings (Part 3)

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)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psalms 31:11 KJV – I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.

 

 

Psalms 31:11 ESV – Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach, especially to my neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Following a recounting of the results of David’s personal sins (vs 9-10), David now turns his attention to the effects of other’s sins in his own life. Not only was David suffering from his own sins, but he was also suffering due to the abuse and sinful attitudes of others.

I was a reproach among all mine enemies,

David was disgraced and shamed among those that hated him.

Why was he being put to shame publically by his enemies? The reason is two-fold:

1. First of all, his personal sins had opened an opportunity for public criticism and shame to be place upon him. In that sense, he was to blame due to the sin he committed.

2. Secondly, the reason why his sins were being brought out in the public was due to sinful judgmental, hateful attitudes of others. They were eagerly awaiting the opportunity to find fault and put him to public shame. In that sense, his public humiliation was due to sin in the lives of his enemies.

What should their attitude have been towards David?

Matthew 5:43-45 KJV – “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

but especially among my neighbours,

 

Sadly the public ridicule of David did not end with his enemies, but was even spread by those in his neighborhood. Those to whom he lived closely, who he had to see every day, was taking part in public ridicule of David.

Those who lived next to him began to gossip and speak about David only spreading his public shame and guilt.

What should have been their attitude toward David?

 

1 Timothy 5:13-15 KJV – “And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. For some are already turned aside after Satan.”

 

 

and a fear to mine acquaintance:

 

Due to David’s sin, and the sinful attitudes of others, those who had loving, close relationships with David were alarmed at David’s sin. They were afraid to share a close relationship with him, fearful of being affected by the sins in his life.

These were David’s friends who should have loved him and tried to help him by pointing him back to the Lord and his need of Him. Instead, they selfishly feared for their own welfare and desired to keep David at a distance from them.

What should have been their attitude toward David?

Galatians 6:1-3 KJV – “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”

 

 

they that did see me without fled from me.

The general public ran from David wanting to have nothing to do with him. What a sad state of affairs, the King of Israel, due to the sin in his life and the sinful attitudes of those around him, was despised and rejected by his own people.

Who was to blame? David for allowing the sin in his life, and those around him for not handling their relationship with David in a proper way. Both parties were guilty of sin and dishonoring the Lord.

Summary Of Our Study:

David has shared with us four results of personal sin that was aggrevated by sin in the lives of others….

1. giving your enemies an opportunity to put you to public shame

2. giving your neighbors a reason to gossip about you

3. giving your loved ones motivation to stay at arm’s length, fearing a close relationship

4. giving your subordinates a reason to reject your leadership and the example you have set.

Folks, there is a very high price to pay for your sins. It is not enough to feel the pain and personal guilt of the burden of our sins but many times our sin becomes a public issue that results in our public humiliation, shame resulting in dishonor being brought upon our Lord.

May we all learn from king David and seek to rid our lives of sin on a daily basis, not only for eternity’s sake but for our earthly well-being also!

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The Earthly Results Of Sin In Our Lives….

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Psalms 31:10 KJV –  For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4k6

Psalms 31:10 – David’s Sufferings (Part 2)

 

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)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psalms 31:10 KJV – For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

 

Psalms 31:10 ESV – For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

In the previous verse (vs 10) we saw that David realized his sinful condition. He saw his need for the merciful intervention of God in his life, and felt incredible sorrow for his disobedience and his failures in service to his Lord.

In this morning’s devotional, we see David recounting how his sins have affected his life and service to Jehovah…

For my life is spent with grief,

Result #1 – Lingering Sorrow

The first result David recognized was his lingering sorrow. David’s sorrow for sin was a continuous part of his life experience.

This should be no surprise to any of us. how many of us do not look back and recognize our times of failure and feel the pangs of regret wishing we could do things over. But worse yet, on a daily basis, we all sin and fall short of God’s glory. Every day we do things that remind us of our fallen natures and our failures toward our God.

By keeping our eyes on Christ, we can continue on serving Him even in the midst of these feelings of sorrow, weakness and failure…

Hebrews 12:2-3 KJV – “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

and my years with sighing:

Result #2 – Painful Labors

The second result of David’s sin in his life was hard, burdensome labors.

Folks, when the Lord gives us instructions for living, they are for our good. He instructs us in the ways of righteousness, so that we will not face the many, varied, harmful results of sin in our lives. Sadly, when we willfully reject these instructions and choose to do things “our way” we are only creating future problems for ourselves. This is what David is speaking of when he says that his years are filled with groaning and sighing (sounds made when under difficult labors).

Although for God’s people, their sins will no longer condemn them to an eternity in perdition, their sins still have results in this lifetime. For example when we lie to others, we will face distrust and suspicion from others; when we mistreat others, we are creating enemies who will oppose us; when we steal, we are causing others to resent us, stand against us and risk punishment at the hands of governmental authorities. Just these few examples helps us to understand that, although we may be saved from the eternal condemnation of our sins, there are still many earthly results of sin that both lost and saved face on a daily basis.

These are the types of “burdensome labors” that King David is describing to us. As he faces his many enemies, he realized, in some cases, he had brought these problems upon himself through his own sinful choices and acts.

Proverbs 13:15 KJV – “Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.”

Jeremiah 2:19 KJV – “Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.”

 

 

my strength faileth because of mine iniquity,

Result #3 – Mental and Physical Weaknesses

The idea behind “strength faileth” is to feel weak, feeble, tottering and ready to fall.

David recognized that his sin resulted in weaknesses in his mental and physical being. He found himself discouraged, lacking boldness, and perhaps, even physically weak from the sleepless nights, lack of appetite or stresses that he faced.

Psalms 51:12 KJV – “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”

 

and my bones are consumed.

Result #4 – Consuming Guilt

Not only did David recognize his failure and felt sorrow for his sin, but even worse yet, he felt guilt, heavy, oppressive, consistent guilt. We all have experienced this at one time or another in our lives.

We have done wrong, we recognize we have done wrong, and we felt the never ending prodding to humbly deal with that sin through repentance and attempted restitution and reconciliation. David best describes his feelings of guilt in Psalms 102…

Psalms 102:3-5 KJV – “For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth. My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread. By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.”

Summary Of Our Study:

David has shared with us the four main earthly results of personal sin in the life of the believer…

1. Lingering Sorrow

2. Painful Labors

3. Mental and Physical Weaknesses

4. Consuming Guilt

May we all learn from king David and seek to rid our lives of sin on a daily basis, not only for eternity’s sake but for our earthly well-being also!

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Have You Ever Felt Consumed By Your Trials?

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Psalms 31:9 KJV – Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, [yea], my soul and my belly.

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4jU

Psalms 31:9 – David’s Sufferings (Part 1)

 

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)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psalms 31:9 KJV – Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, [yea], my soul and my belly.

 

Psalms 31:9 ESV –Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also.

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Today we start a new subject in our look at Psalm 31:9-13. David begins to describe the inward, and outward harm that David suffered as he progressed through this time of heartache and abuse.

If we look carefully we can see, in a very basic way, David described his inward sorrow and pain in verses 9 and 10. For the most part this pain was the result of his own personal sin and failures in the sight of God. Then, in verses 11-13, David points our attention to the outward abuse that he faced due to the sin that resides in the life of others.

We being this morning looking at the inward pain and suffering that David was experiencing due to the sin that dwelled in his own life…

 

Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble:

David realized that, due to his personal sin, he was not deserving of the Lord’s deliverance from his difficulties. This is why he is asking the Lord for His “mercy” to be shown to him.

David recognizes he is in “trouble”. The word trouble comes from a Hebrew word meaning “to cramp”. It is describing a painful situation that inhibits our abilities and actions. What a great description of trials in our life. Our trials cause pain and in the short run, inhibit us from freely doing all we desire to do. It is a constant burden that weights us down, it uses up much time and resources that could be used elsewhere, and it puts many pitfalls on our road to Christian service.

In this text, we can see David recognizes his sinfulness, and the trials which he faces. He does not live as an ostrich with his head in the ground, not willing to see the realities of his situation.

He recognized these same life issues in Psalm 6:2…

 

“Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.

 

mine eye is consumed with grief, [yea], my soul and my belly.

David describes his inward pain as being “consumed”. In other words, he felt as if he was “wasted away” or “wilted”, much like a cut flower that has lost its source of vitality, losing all its beauty, and dried up.

Notice the areas of life that are affected by these issues… his eyes, due to his tears; his belly, his inability to eat and digest his food due to stress; his soul, his physical life was being threatened by lack of nutrition and inability to see his needs, and the pitfalls that awaited him.

It is interesting to notice that by mentioning his eyes, belly and soul, David is also symbolically describing the three great areas of our lives affected by our life trials:

The eyes are symbolic of our ability to clearly perceive what is taking place around us.

The belly refers to our life desires that are many times sidetracked by our difficulties.

The soul is speaking of our physical life and the threat of death that many of our difficulties hold for us.

Do we feel the same way during the difficult times of our lives? Do we lack the recognition of our personal needs and condition, face the derailing of our life’s desires and goals, and/or feel our very physical life being threatened? Sadly, all three of these are very common results of the many trials we face in our lifetimes.

Upon David’s deliverance from his trials, we see him praising the Lord for His blessings in these same areas of life…

Psalms 116:7-9 KJV – “Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.”

Summary Of Our Study:

During times of trouble, we need an honest evaluation of ourselves and the issues that we face; we need to be willing to see our sin and the genuine nature of the trials that we face; and finally, we need to recognize our great need of the Lord’s mercy and His gracious intervention in our lives.

May the Lord give us the ability to see the great consequences of these trials and recognition of the need of God’s sustaining grace and enablement to bring us through to the end of the trial that is at hand.

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The Lord Frees Us And Keeps Us Free From Our Enemies!

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Psalms 31:8 KJV – “And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.”

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4jQ

Psalms 31:8 – David’s Commitment (Part 4)

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)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psalms 31:8 KJV – “And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.

 

Psalms 31:8 ESV – and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

David also commits himself to find joy and gladness in the midst of his trials. He does this by concentrating on his Lord and the relationship he enjoyed with Him. In our text this morning, David is finding joy in seeing the Lord at work in both the past and present difficulties of life….

 

 

And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.

Over the years, and in the current situation he is facing, David sees that the Lord never allows David’s enemies to get him “trapped into a corner”. The Lord always made sure that David had plenty of space to escape from those who were working toward his harm.

Psalms 4:1 KJV – “To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.”

David, remembering the Lord’s prior intercession during the tough times of life inspired David to greater prayer and faith in Him.

 

 

 

Summary Of Our Study

 

Folks during the difficult times of our lives, it is so important for us to always remember how the Lord has blessed us in times past. David consistently, applied this principle throughout his lifetime. Even as a young shepherd boy, David used memories of past deliverance from his enemies to encourage his heart and prepare him to battle the giant, Goliath.

1 Samuel 17:33-37 KJV –

“And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.”

May we all learn this very valuable lesson from the example set by David. Whenever we are faced with a seemingly impossible situation, may we always remind ourselves that the situation is well under God’s control. We can do this by remembering the past “impossible” situations we have faced in life and the miraculous deliverances that the Lord has so graciously granted to us.

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We Can Rejoice In The Midst Of Trials… The Lord Knows All About It!

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Psalms 31:7 KJV – “I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;”

 

 

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Psalms 31:7 – David’s Commitment (Part 3)

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)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psalms 31:7 KJV – “I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;

 

Psalms 31:7 ESV – “ I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul,

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

David also commits himself to find joy and gladness in the midst of his trials. He does this by concentrating on his Lord and the relationship he enjoyed with Him.

 

 

I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy:

David would find both inward gladness (“be glad”) and then show his joy outwardly to others (“rejoice”), even in the midst of all he was going through. He had now committed himself to his Lord, he is resting on the Lord’s protection and grace, and is able to be glad in the midst of it all.

Psalms 13:5-6 KJV – “But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”

 

for thou hast considered my trouble;

 

What is the basis of David’s joy in the midst of his sorrow? It was in knowing that the Lord examined closely the miserable circumstances that David was experiencing. The Lord had not forsaken him, nor did he simply “glimpse” at David’s trials and move on. No, the Lord took the time to closely examine David’s condition, the obstacles he faced, the enemies that waited for him.

Psalms 9:13 KJV – “Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:”

 

 

 

thou hast known my soul in adversities;

 

Not only did the Lord recognize the trials that David faced, He also intimately knew the condition of David’s inner man as he faced this very tight, suffocating, difficult issue in his life.

Psalms 142:3 KJV – “When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.”

 

Summary Of Our Study

 

Not only did the Lord know the circumstances that he faced in life, but he also, knew David’s inward thoughts, fears, and motivations. What a precious thought for David to hold close to himself. No matter what David would face the Lord knew and understood the situation and the inward struggles he was enduring.

What a precious hope for each one of us! What a wonderful source of strength, joy and peace while in the midst of the storm…. Simply knowing that the same Lord who redeemed us through His sacrifice on the cross for us, knows the outward, and inward issues of life we face everyday! What a wonderful blessing it is!

 

 

Jeremiah 17:7-8 KJV – “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”

 

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Psalms 31:6 – David’s Commitment (Part 2)

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)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psalms 31:6 KJV – “I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.

 

Psalms 31:6 ESV – “I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD.

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Following David’s committal to commit his entire being over to his Redeemer we now see him making the commitment to stand against those who dishonor the Lord…

 

 

 

I have hated them that regard lying vanities:

One of the natural results to David’s recognition of God’s greatness and his total commitment to the Lord was his hatred of false worship and the pursuit of worldly offerings.

In this passage, the phrase “lying vanities” is a very interesting one indeed. In our alternate translation we find this translated “worthless idols”, in others, it is translated “vain idols”. So what does this phrase actually mean”

The Hebrew word translated “lying” simply refers to something that is “evil and deceptive rendering it useless”.

The Hebrew word “vanities” refers to something that is empty or of no lasting value. In several places in the Bible it clearly refers to idols and those who are guilty of idol worship (Deut 32:21; 1 Kings 16:13, 26; Jer 8:19, 14:22). In these cases, it is teaching us of the emptiness of idols and the worship of them.

Solomon, in Ecclesiastes, uses this same Hebrew word for “vanities” to describe the empty nature of all that the world has to offer (knowledge, riches, fame, power, pleasures etc)

Based upon these passages, when David states that I have hated them that regard lying vanitiesHe is saying one of two things, or perhaps both:

1. He is saying that he hates to see the sin of idolatry being performed in the lives of lost men. David knows the greatness of Jehovah, and has committed his life to Him. David does not want to see lost men taking away from the honor and worship that is deserved by Jehovah being given to the false gods of this world. This is a worthless type of service that will only

2. He is saying that he hates to see the things of the world being honored and pursued by lost mankind. David realizes it is a vain pursuit that will only lead to sorrow and eternal loss for mankind.

 

but I trust in the LORD.

Instead of placing his faith in the world’s offerings or false gods, David has placed his faith in the true Lord, Jehovah. David’s faith and commitment to his God, now places his motives, loves, beliefs and actions in direct opposition to those of the world.

He has committed himself to serve Jehovah while the lost seeks to serve the world and its false god. David loves his Lord, the lost love the world and all that lies within it. David’s life is now lived in obedience to the Lord, the lost is being lived in the service of the things of this world and the false gods that exist therein.

 

This creates exact opposites to say the least.

Summary Of Our Study

In this devotional, we have seen one of the effects of David’s commitment to the Lord. It places him at enmity with the lost and the things of this world. Although David loved the lost, he hated to see them commit acts of sin and live for that which cannot satisfy. He hated to see His Lord being dishonored and the lost wasting their lives on the path of deception and misery.

Truly committing ourselves to the Lord will change our relationship to this world and those who find enjoyment in it.

James 4:4 KJV – “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

Although we will still continue to love those who are in the world, we find our disagreeing with their lifestyles, beliefs and the messages they convey.

 

 

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Do You Hate To See Your Lord Dishonored and Rejected?

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Psalms 31:6 KJV – “I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.

 

 

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Do We Trust Our Lord With Our Entire Being?

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Psalms 31:5 KJV – “Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.”

 

 

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Psalms 31:5 – David’s Commitment (Part 1)

 

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)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Psalms 31:5 KJV – “Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.”

 

Psalms 31:5 ESV – “​Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Following David’s recognition of the greatness of the Lord and the mighty works He has done on his behalf (vs 3-4), David now purposefully commits himself to the Lord’s watch care…

 

 

 

“Into thine hand I commit my spirit:”

David vows to turn his entire being over to the Lord’s guardianship. It was not just a matter of David trusting the Lord with his physical wellbeing, but more importantly, he would be trusting the Lord with his spiritual wellbeing also.

David was willing to place himself in “the hand” of the Lord, knowing their was absolute security there.

 

John 10:28-29 KJV – “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”

 

 

 

“thou hast redeemed me,”

 

What was one of the great motivations behind David’s absolute committal to Christ? It was David’s recognition of the Lord’s redemptive work on his behalf. Stop and think about it, as David thought on the sacrifice of the Lord on his behalf, it became obvious the Lord would perfectly care for him during this time.

Think about it, if the Lord was willing to give His very life to redeem David from his sins, surely he wouldn’t fail David in the smaller issues of life…

Matthew 6:25-34 KJV – “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

 

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

 

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

 

 

 

 

“O LORD God of truth.”

David describes his great redeeming Lord as “Jehovah, the worshipped One that is faithful to His Word”. What a grand name to give to his God!

In this title, David recognizes the Lord as….

1. Jehovah – the eternally self-existent One

2. God – the One that deserves our worship and absolute allegiance

3. of truth – the One that is truthful, always fulfilling His promises to us

All of these reflects David’s motivations to place his entire being in the hands of his Lord. He will never go out of existence, He deserves our full committal to Him, and He is always faithful to us!

 

Hebrews 6:18 KJV – “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:”

Summary Of Our Study

 

During the difficult times of our lives, it is so important to remember all that our Lord has done for us. By doing so, we come to a quick realization, as one of His redeemed, He will never allow us to be separated from Him, nor allow evil to overcome us.

Isaiah 43:1-7 KJV – “But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.”

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The Lord Is Our Strength and Deliverer In Times Of Opposition

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Psalms 31:4 KJV –  Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou [art] my strength.

 

 

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Psalms 31:4 – David’s Recognition (Part 2)

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)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Psalms 31:4 KJV – Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou [art] my strength.

 

Psalms 31:4 KJV – you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge.

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Psalms 31:4 – “David’s Recognition” (Part 2)

In the previous verse David recognized the Lord as his rock and fortress, leading him to desire a closer walk with the Lord. Now in our text for this morning, David continues to think about the Lord and all that He is doing for him during this great time of need…

Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me:

 

David recognizes his inability to overcome his earthly enemies. David’s enemies have secretly planned for his capture (much like a hunter who has prepared and then hidden a net ready to capture his prey).

Throughout David’s reign as King, he had many enemies, both foreign and domestic, seeking to capture or murder him. He was well acquainted with human opposition. Throughout these years of opposition, David had learned to run to the Lord as the ultimate source of protection for his life.

The deceitful plotting of men is much like the deceitful workings of Satan in our lives. Keep in mind Satan seeks to overcome God’s people through subterfuge and deceit. His works are intended to mislead and deceive men…

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV – “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

Just as David and his deliverance from his earthly enemies, so too, as Christians our only hope of deliverance from the deceptive workings of Satan is Christ’s gracious hand of deliverance for us.

 

 

 

for thou [art] my strength.

Why did David run to the Lord when he faced the opposition of man? David recognized that the Lord was his ultimate source of his strength.

Oh, if each one of us could humble ourselves and learn this valuable lesson. The Lord is the source of our strength.

Psalms 18:2 KJV – “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; …”

 

Summary Of Our Study

 

Many times, we all attempt to overcome our hardships and Satan’s workings of our own ability, and then, after miserably failing, we finally look to Christ for our deliverance. How wonderful it would be if we all look to Christ immediately for our deliverance and look not to our own abilities!

2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV – “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

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