July 20, 2021
READ – Midweek Bible Devotion – July 21: Psalm 31
Psalm 31 1 To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. 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 guide 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 adversities, 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 repulsive 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 mercies’ 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.
Our devotion is about “taking refuge” in God. What does that really mean? David uses that term several times. Read verses 1, 2, 4. Another question. What does it mean that God is our “fortress”? Read verse 3.
At one level, this is quite foreign to us. We live today in modern buildings, not ancient fortresses. In old days people took refuge from their enemies in these ancient fortresses. Most of us do not need to defend our homes with weapons the way the people did in David’s day. But still, we need to take refuge in God like David did!
Most people find refuge in something. It is usually something in which they can be involved. It is likely to be something they enjoy. Their work, school, a special interest, or hobby of some kind. Whatever it is, they find satisfaction and comfort in them. In a sense it can be a refuge to them.
What is it for you? Are you learning to lift your quest for a stable refuge from all the things of this world to the one true refuge? The one that will never let you down or disappoint you? They one refuge that will hide you in safety and security even when you have failed it?
Here’s a word of encouragement:
24 Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.
Thank you for reading our church Midweek Bible Devotion. Your faithfulness in reading is an encouragement. We enjoyed our church Midsummer Indoor Picnic this past Lord’s Day. We appreciate everyone’s help in making it a blessing for us all. Many stayed and fellowshipped a good while after the meal. Lord willing, we’ll have another fellowship meal soon.
Please continue to pray for Belle Heard. She is in rehab in Tullahoma. Pray for Houstin Wilson as he receives medical treatment. Pray for Billy (Roxanne) Mills. The Lord is preparing to receive him into His presence.
John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
Let’s plan to gather this Sunday, July 25 – Sunday School: 10AM – Morning Service: 11 – Evening Service: 6.
Love and prayers,
Pastor Mike Owen