Psalm 31 & 32: Hope In The LORD
Verse of the Day: (31:24) Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
1. Hand (31:1-15)
My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. (31:15)
Many times, the book of Psalm has double prophecy, that is, the author, King David, inspired by the ultimate Author, the Holy Spirit, not only prophesied his own future, but that of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, His life and ministry, including His death, resurrection and return as the King of kings and Lord of lords during the Millennium and the new Jerusalem, which is after the Rapture of all Christians that can happen at any time now. David not only prophesied God’s preservation of his life, but also that of Jesus, his Rock, who suffered great persecution under the Romans’ rule before He was crucified not for His own sins, but for the sins of the world. Jesus’ death was in fulfilment of God’s prophecy that He shall come to shed His blood for the forgiveness of the sins of the world, and whoever believes in Him shall live forever with Him in heaven. Let us thus humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand that He may exalt us in His time. (1 Peter 5:6-11)
2. Hope (31:16-24)
O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. (31:23)
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the “black-swan” event in many decades, God desires the world to truly believe and hope in Him in this hopeless world of sins and wickedness. Even during the time of King David, he already experienced the sense of hopelessness as the heathen of the world, including God’s chosen people, the nation of Israel, kept committing idolatry and immorality, and refusing to believe and hope in the God of Israel, the true God. Indeed, by God’s grace, let us believe in Christ, and repent our sins, and look forward to the blessed hope of His glorious appearing, as He loved and gave Himself for us, that He shall redeem us from our sins, and purify us as His people zealous of good works, and bound for our home in heaven to be with Him forever. (Titus 2:11-15)
3. Heart (32:1-11)
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. (32:11)
Amid all the trials and troubles, David rejoiced in God knowing that his faith was tested to the fullest, so as to reveal the real motive of his heart, which was indeed, after God’s own heart. Let us thus rejoice in God, singing and making melody in our hearts, and giving thanks to Him for all things, especially our precious salvation. (Ephesians 5:16-21)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to hope in You amid this hopeless world of wickedness.