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Summary: Following Jesus in His Passion, and His faith.

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CAUGHT IN A TRAP

Psalm 31:9-16

The Psalmist was in a trap. Boxed in. Depressed.

We have all been there. I have been stuck down a pot-hole. Somebody else knows what it is like to feel all alone, abandoned. Others are slandered.

Terror is all around (Psalm 31:13). “But I trusted in you, O LORD: I said, ‘You are my God’” (Psalm 31:14)!

The Psalmist does not at first tell us what his trap is, but after the deliverance David speaks of ‘the marvelous kindness of the LORD in a besieged city’ (Psalm 31:21). Like I say, he has been boxed in.

There is much about this short passage which speaks to us of the Passion of Jesus, also.

1. Psalm 31:9-10. His anguish in the Garden. (Where we may have ‘iniquity’ in verse 10, He has, in another translation, ‘misery’.) He is, after all, ‘a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief’ (Isaiah 53:3).

2. Psalm 31:11. The scorning of adversaries, the denial of friends, the dread of acquaintances; a fear to those without (cf. Matthew 26:67-74).

3. Psalm 31:12. The grave as well: “passed out of mind as one who is dead.” There is also the brokenness which we commemorate at Communion (cf. 1 Corinthians 11:24).

4. Psalm 31:13. The whispering, scheming, plotting of many - “terror all around!” (cf. Matthew 26:14-16; Matthew 26: 59-60).

5. Psalm 31:14. “But I trust in You, O LORD,” says Jesus. “You are my God.” But even then, the scorners mock, quoting this very Psalm: ‘He trusts in God; let Him deliver Him now’ (cf. Matthew 27:43).

Yet trust we must, for there is no other.

1. Psalm 31:14. Put this trust into the present continuous tense, and you have: “I am trusting in you, O LORD,” I say. “You are my God” (Psalm 31:14).

2. Psalm 31:15. “My times are in your hand.” What a blessed reassurance this is!

3. Psalm 31:16. In this trust, in this faith, we can call down upon ourselves the Aaronic blessing, no matter what befalls us (cf. Numbers 6:24-26).

No matter what befalls us, the Lord Jesus has been there before us. In His grace, in His mercy, in His covenant love, the LORD will not fail to respond.

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