The Promise

Psalm 141:8-10 CSB                                                          

But my eyes look to You, Lord, my Lord. I seek refuge in You; do not let me die.

David declared that his eyes would look to God for help. The words Lord, my Lord” feature two different titles for God. Lord, translates God’s covenant name. Lord, emphasizes God’s role as sovereign Master. David acknowledged his covenant God and his personal Lord.

David sought “refuge”, not in his little army, running from trouble or in caves, but in His God. He asks God to preserve his life for the future to obey God as king.

Protect me from the trap they have set for me, and from the snares of evildoers.

David recognized that evildoers had set a trap and snares for him. Traps and snares depend on two things: deception and bait. By keeping his focus on the Lord, David was able to identify the deception and bait of wicked people who sought his destruction or premature elevation to king. With God’s help, he could resist whatever lure they might use to entice him.

David also recognized his weaknesses. James understood that the source of much temptation is human lust [James 1:14-15]. Like David, we need to pray that God will give us spiritual insight and power to recognize and resist temptation, regardless of its source.

Jesus teaches us to ask God “do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.[Matthew 6:13]. Disciples can confidently seek God’s protection from anything that threatens to hinder our relationship with Him.

10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by safely.

God does not stand by idly while His children undergo attacks. David asked that the wicked would fall into their nets. Evildoers hate God, but they cannot overcome Him. Instead, they develop schemes to harm God’s children. Jesus teaches His disciples that because the world hated Him, it would hate them as well [John15:18-21]. We can trust God to help us live godly lives by keeping our focus on Him.

Focusing on Jesus, not our problems will enable us to go daily comforting others and witnessing for Jesus and teaching His converts all that we are commanded in the Bible.

Henry Luke 8/24/2017

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