The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 12 July 2019 – Come Nearer
TOPIC: Come Nearer
READ: Psalms 31:1-24 King James Version (KJV)
1 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.
2 Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.
3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.
4 Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.
5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
6 I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.
7 I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;
8 And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.
9 Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.
10 For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.
11 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.
12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.
13 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.
14 But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God.
15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake.
17 Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.
18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.
19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
21 Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.
22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.
23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
The Psalmist began this Psalm with a plea from God, and ended with praise. It is obvious that the Psalmist knew God in a very personal way before he got into the crisis that led to the Psalm. He understood that without God, he could not win the smallest battle against his enemies. He was content to allow God to direct his steps. His prayer reveals that in time of deep trouble, we can hide in the shelter of God’s presence (verse 20). A great assurance was given to us in Jeremiah 33:3 as it is written ‘Call to me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know’. Observe the expression in (verse 5): Into your hand I commit my spirit. This shows complete trust in God. Jesus also used this word while he was on the cross (Luke 23:46). We should commit all to God: our possessions, families, vocations and above all, our lives to Him.
God has not changed. If you live in obedience to Him, He will be your rock of refuge and will never allow you to be put to shame. Keep on trusting in Him to rescue you from any challenge you are facing in life. Don’t allow your problems to make you to undermine the trust you have in God. God will make a way for you even where there is no way.
PRAYER: I put my trust in You oh Lord, let not my enemies rejoice over me