Psalm 31

Overview

Today I was blessed by the peace of God starting with my day. As I slipped on my flip flops (house slippers), I was lamenting that I could not wake up early to do this Bible Study every day. I heard God’s whisper in my ear that I was being obedient to Him in taking my evenings to spend with Louis and strengthen our marriage. In this short season I need to spend the evenings with Louis, to stay up late, to support him, and so that our relationship is strong. When he begins going to the center full time it will be hard on Davy and I because we love having him around, but also studying Arabic is hard on our brains, and studying does not build our relationship as much as real quality time together. It filled me with a sense of being in the right place, a feeling that has been attacked throughout this day, as Louis is going full time to the center this week. It is easy to feel as though I have no purpose here, but as I have spent Davy’s naptime to have my Quiet Time I have felt like this Psalm. I am clinging to God, to take refuge in Him. And He is protecting me from shame. This guilt is not something God put on me, it is Satan or flesh, and I must reject it to follow God in this day. I need God’s strength.

This Psalm describe the hidden attacks in David’s day, as are in all of our days, negative thoughts, words from others, mistakes we make, and all we can do, as David does, is commit ourselves into God’s hands. He will take care of it, redeem us, save us from the traps. We can trust God and rejoice in Him. He understands our emotions, and in a tough time it can seem like forever, but as He told me today, it is just a season of suffering. David shares that he has been rejected and turned away from, but still he trusts in God. God will bring justice and grace, and he will show us his steadfast love. Even when we cannot see Him, he hears us, so we can take strength in him, find courage, and wait on Him.

Characters

David—the Psalmist, the LORD, those who pay regard to worthless idols, the enemy, my adversaries, my neighbors, those who see me in the street, my enemies, my persecutors, the lying lips, those who fear God, the children of mankind, men, His saints, the faithful, the one who acts in pride, all who wait for the LORD!

Key Verse

Verses 7-8 “I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul, and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.”

Cross References

Psalm 1:6 “for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”

Deuteronomy 32:30 “How could one have chased a thousand, and two have put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had given them up?”

Job 36:16 “He also allured you out of distress into a broad place where there was no cramping, and what was set on your table was full of fatness.”

Conclusion

God is more powerful than we realize, and as we realize that, we are again drawn to humility. That we are suffering pains us, and we often expect God to fix it. However, He could look at our sin and decide not to. However, he is honest and true and He has promised to care for us, so instead of smiting us, as we deserve, He saves us, and sets our feet on solid ground. It is humbling, this extravagant Love!

Jesus in the Psalm

“Faith in the goodness of God may sometimes seem counterintuitive, but God’s “stored up” provision—ultimately seen in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection—is all the proof we need of it (v. 19; Titus 3:4). The Lord’s faithfulness and steadfast love convinced David of God’s goodness even when his closest friends were plotting to kill him and the stress of it broke his health (Ps. 31:5, 7, 9-14, 16). His prayer also reflects meditation on God’s grand scheme of redemption, a perspective that focuses more on God’s reputation than one’s own (vv. 1, 14-18).”*

Titus 3:3-7 “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness ad loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

“David also learned that no one is ever completely innocent; each one needs the same grace for his “iniquity” (PS. 31:10). Without suffering personal anguish over betrayal or moral failure, it is impossible to grow in the Lord. Christ came to teach us this (John 12:27; Heb. 2:10-11). The more one acknowledges that his rescue has come only due to God’s abundant grace, the more the believer will love the Lord and hate all tht detracts from him (Ps. 31:6; 1 Pet. 1:8). He will remain confident that God will bring justice on the wicked (Ps. 31:6. 23; 1 Kings 16:13; 2 Thess. 1:6). And he will “be strong” in his conviction that God is present regardless of who abandons him (Ps. 31:20, 24; Josh. 10:25).”*

Hebrews 2:10-11 “For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,”

1 Peter 1:8 “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,”

1 Kings 16:13 “for all the sins of Baasha and the sins of Elah his son, which they sinned and which they made to Israel to sin, provoking the Lord God of Israel to anger with their idols.”

2 Thessalonians 1:5-7 “This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering—since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his might angels”

Joshua 10:25 “And Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid or dismayed; be strong and courageous. For thus the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.””

Tomorrow: Romans 6

*Note: I am using the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible for the Jesus in the Psalm section, so these are paraphrases and quotes from the commentary with my own ideas sprinkled in.

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