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Discover the Book June 23, 2011

  • 2011 Jun 23


Trusting God for All of Lives Challenges

Lessons learned in the furnace of affliction often get etched deeply into our hearts and lives.

David learned a lesson in his hard times. That lesson was that life must be lived on purpose for God. Coasting, going along with the flow and living carelessly always leads to wasted life. David wanted to place and keep his trust in the Lord.

Don’t Waste Precious Life

Live Life Deliberately

Living life intentionally, on purpose, and deliberately for God became the theme of Psalm 31 as David drew inspired lessons from three eras of his life: the times of his “running” from Saul years; the times of his “not running” from sin years; and the years of “again running” from Absalom. These eras are reflected by divisions of Psalm 31:

Psalm 31:1-8 reflects lessons David learned in his running-from-Saul years. As a fugitive David writes twenty-three different Psalms, many of which we have studied and others we know well (David wrote Psalms 4, 7, 11, 13, 16-17, 31, 34-36, 39-40, 52-54, 56-57, 59, 63-64, 70, and 141-142).

Psalm 31:9-11 reflects lessons David learned in his not-running-from-Bathsheba year. These are the years that Psalm 32, 38, and 51 are written.

Psalm 31:12-22 reflects lessons David learned in his running-from-Absalom years. (These are Psalms 3, 63, and now 31).

What we see through David is that God has placed each of us on earth, in a specific time: for a specific purpose. When we know that and live accordingly, we have a life lived deliberately for God.

God then measures whether we accomplished what He desired in that time period.

As we begin our look at Psalm 31, we find David’s personal resolve, which captures why God thought so highly of him:

Living deliberately for God

Means choosing to live—

This concept we will see in Psalm 31 is also reinforced in the New Testament.

Living deliberately involves: Carefully counting the cost, as Jesus said in Luke 14:28;

For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it..”

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