Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ps 31

Ps 31:1 In You, O Lord, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed; deliver me in Your righteousness.
:2 Bow down Your ear to me, deliver me speedily; be my rock of refuge, a fortress of defense to save me.
:3 For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name's sake, lead me and guid me.
:4 Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, for You are my strength.
:5 Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.
:6 I have hated those who regard useless idols; but I trust in the Lord.
:7 I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversitites,
:8 and have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place.
:9 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body!
:10 For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.
:11 I am a reproach among all my enemies, but especially among my neighbors, and am replusive to my acquaintances; those who see me outside flee from me.
:12 I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel.
:13 For I hear the slander of many; fear is on every side; while they take counsel together against me, they scheme to take away my life.
:14 But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”
:15 My times are in Your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.
:16 Make Your face shine upon Your servant; save me for Your merices' sake.
:17 Do not let me be ashamed, O Lord, for I have called upon You, let the wicked be ashamed; let them be silent in the grave.
:18 Let the lying lips be put to silence, which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.
:19 Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!
:20 You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
:21 Blessed be the Lord, for He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city!
:22 For I said in my haste, “ I am cut off from before Your eyes”; nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications when I cried out to You.
:23 Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints! For the Lord preserves the faithful, and fully repays the proud person.
:24 Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

This is listed as: the Lord a fortress in adversity.

There is no one I want more on my side during a problem or situation then the Lord!

David, from the sounds of it was in terrible trouble again. Sounds like he was trapped in a situation and there was no way out. Ever felt like that? He was alone, no protection, support, help, or escape. Sound like you feel sometimes?

We aren't told how he escaped. But we know for sure God made a way out of it for him, and He will for us too.

The Lord is a specialist in impossible situations.

1 Pet 5:6 Therefore humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, that He may exhalt you in due time.

When you are feeling weighed down by your circumstances, change your perspective by looking up to God. Submit to God and His ways in your life even though you long to break free. This keeps you from fighting a battle (with God) you can't win. Use that energy to cope with the situation and learn from it. Trust that God will lift you up in His time and His way.

Heb 12:5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
:6 for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.”

Sanctification is not my idea of what I want God to do for me, it is God's idea of what He wants to do for me, and He has to get me into the attitude of mind and spirit where at any cost I will let Him sanctify me completely.

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