Psalm 31: Reverent & Serious Reasoning 1. An Affirmation of Trust Psalm 31:1

Text:  “In Thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed; deliver me in Thy righteousness.
                                                                                                                       Psalm 31:1.

Good morning, reverent and reasoning Christian!  Before you and I obey the Lord’s invitation to ’Come let us reason together…’, we always ensure that we come before the Lord God Almighty’s throne of grace in an attitude of humble reverence and awe. 

Fools, who seek to come into God’s Presence in any other superficial attitude, are dicing with disaster indeed, for our Lord God is a consuming fire of absolute Holiness and absolute wrath against all sin.  ’Lord God, we revere Thy Holy Presence, and humbly seek audience to Thy gracious Throne, in and through Christ Jesus, Thy dear Son, and His full Atonement Sacrifice alone.  Amen.’

“And when I saw Him (the risen and glorified Christ Jesus), I fell down at His feet as dead.  And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last; I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and I have the keys of Hell and of death.”  (Revelation 1:17-18)

This is the Lord God Whom we, as Spiritually regenerated souls, seek to worship and praise.  This is the Lord God, Almighty in all His three Persons - Father, Son, and Holy Ghost - Whom we revere,  in Whose Presence we prostrate ourselves in worship and adoration; for there is no other Creator Lord God than Him.  Hallelujah!  Glory to His Name!  Bless the Lord, oh my soul!

“Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the Heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the Kingdom, O Lord, and Thou art exalted as Head above all.  Both riches and honour come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all; and in Thine hand is power and might; and in Thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.  Now therefore (a conclusion), our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious Name.”  (1 Chronicles 29:11-13)

This, therefore, is the Lord God in Whom the Psalmist puts his trust; and it is this same Lord God, Omnipotent in all His Persons and power, Whom you and I as Christian believers should place our full hope and trust.  There is no other Lord God.  Amen.

Verse 1.  “In Thee, O Lord, do I put my trust.  Is it not truly amazing to know that the Lord God in Whom we place our trust, is that same one and only Lord God Who has given us His gift of faith to use that we might be enabled to put our full trust in Him?  Wow!  What a truly gracious Lord God we are permitted to love and serve!

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man/woman should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created (Spiritually reborn) in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  (Ephesians 2:8-10)

This is clearly a Lord God in Whom we can place all our Eternal trust.  Praise God.

Verse 1.  “…Let me never be ashamed.  How can the Lord permit the man to be ultimately put to shame who depends alone upon Him?  This would not be dealing like a God of truth and grace.  It would bring dishonour upon God Himself if faith were not in the end rewarded.  It will be an ill day indeed for religion when trust in God brings no consolation and no assistance.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 148)

“Some have thought that the occasion in his troubled life which led to this Psalm was the treachery of the men of Keilah, and we have felt much inclined to this conjecture; but after reflection in seems to us that its very mournful tone and its allusions to his iniquity demand a later date, and it may be more satisfactory to illustrate it by the period when Absolom had rebelled and his courtiers were fled from him, while lying lips spread a thousand malicious rumours against him.”  (Treasury of David, page 148)

Verse 1.  “…Deliver me in Thy righteousness.  The Christian doctrine of Imputation - whereupon true regenerated confession of Christ Jesus as ones Saviour, Redeemer, and Lord, the full righteousness of Christ Himself is imputed (put to the account of) to the born again believer - teaches us the power of our Holy Lord God towards totally depraved and sinful man.  We are Eternally ‘delivered’ from all sin; Eternally delivered from all our iniquities; totally saved and secured for Heaven, by the spotless righteousness of Christ Jesus put to our personal account by God’s grace.  Thus, the Psalmist cries out this truth to all who would maliciously slander him because of his own personal sin, faults and failings.  (See Psalm 32: the doctrine of Imputation on our website by using the ‘Search’ facility.)

Thought:  Imputation: Looked at in the simplest of terms, the doctrine of imputation is like the bankrupt person (the sinner) going to a bank manager desiring to make a withdrawal to start a new business. The bank manager immediately refuses to receive him/her because the person has no resources at all in the bank.  However, a millionaire (Christ Jesus) then escorts the bankrupt person to the bank, speaks to the bank manager and instructs him to put all His millions at the bankrupt person’s disposal. The bank manager immediately welcomes the otherwise bankrupt person into his office with open arms. All the millionaire’s resources had been put to the bankrupt person’s account. That is what Christ Jesus has done for us, ‘His people’.

"...And thou shall call His Name Jesus; for He shall save HIS PEOPLE from their sins." (Matthew 1:21) Hallelujah! What a Saviour!  We affirm our full trust in Him.

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