Highlights In Today's Reading:
Wicked people and wickedness are mentioned throughout these chapters. Sins of any kind openly defy God. Infidels are called fools. In contrast, the righteous is upheld for he looks to God and sets his heart on the world beyond in chapter 17. Don't miss the subtle reference to the Lord's resurrection (16:10).
David's friends advised him to flee to the mountainous parts of the land of Judah to escape the danger which was threatening him. The psalmist was a victim of great personal danger, but his faith was unshaken; he stood his ground and trusted in God, saying: In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain? (Psalm 11:1).
David's fearful counselors brought before him several pressing reasons why he should retreat from the scene of conflict. The wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string (11:2). How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me? . . . 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 (13:2,5-6). Though Satan would seek to destroy us, greater is He (the Holy Spirit) that is in you (us), than he that is in the world (I John 4:4).
Saul, who was God's anointed king, ignored his conscience and regarded neither truth nor justice, and was determined to kill David, a righteous man.
David expressed absolute assurance that righteousness shall triumph (Psalm 11:7). At one time or another, all of God's people may expect their faith to be severely tested. Let us fear only the compromising policy that tried to persuade David that all was lost and to flee as a bird to your mountain (11:1). But David's response to the world is: For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; His coutenance doth behold the upright (11:7). Among many other things David said: Lord, who shall aide in Thy Tabernacle? who shall dwell in Thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord (15:1-4). Let us not count our fears, but trust in God.
Thought for Today:
Our world is full of “good advice”, but only God's Word can safely guide us through the dangers of life.
In the prophecy that God would not allow His Holy One to see decay (Psalm 16:10). This foretells the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:25-27; 13:35-39). When Jesus spoke the Revelation to John, He declared: I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death (Revelation 1:18).
10:5 puffeth at =b> makes light of; 10:13 contemn =b> defy; despise; 11:3 foundations =b> principles of society based on the Word of God.
Pray for International Shortwave Radio Broadcasts sponsored by a family that loves Jesus; Arabic International Shortwave Radio Broadcasts sponsored by Jan Plyler • Staff: Pam Pendergrast • Government Officials: Rep. Mike Honda (CA), Rep. Jeff Miller (FL), and Rep. David Scott (GA) • Country: Thailand (60 million) in Southeast Asia • Major languages: Thai and English • Limited freedom of Christian ministry; Buddhism is the state religion • 92% Buddhist; 4% Muslim; 2% Chinese folk-religionist; 1% Christian • Prayer Suggestion: Pray with unwavering faith so that your prayers may be answered (James 1:5-7).
Optional Reading: Philippians 4
Memory Verse for the Week: 2 Corinthians 3:18