Summary: A study in Psalm 41: 1 - 13

Psalm 41: 1 – 13

Trouble Insurance

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 Blessed is he who considers the poor; The LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. 2 The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. 3 The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sickbed. 4 I said, “LORD, be merciful to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.” 5 My enemies speak evil of me: “When will he die, and his name perish?” 6 And if he comes to see me, he speaks lies; His heart gathers iniquity to itself; When he goes out, he tells it. 7 All who hate me whisper together against me; Against me they devise my hurt. 8 “An evil disease,” they say, “clings to him. And now that he lies down, he will rise up no more.” 9 Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. 10 But You, O LORD, be merciful to me, and raise me up, tThat I may repay them. 11 By this I know that You are well pleased with me, because my enemy does not triumph over me. 12 As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, and set me before Your face forever. 13 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.

Why do we need insurance?

Insurance is a means to protect you financially. You've worked hard to build a solid financial footing for you and your family, so you want to be sure that everything is protected. Accidents and disasters can and do happen, and if you aren’t adequately insured, it could leave you in financial ruin. You need insurance to protect your life, your ability to earn income, and to keep a roof over your head.

You can insure almost anything under the sun, but certain things absolutely need to be properly insured. This typically includes your life, your health, and your property. At a minimum, it's important to have health insurance to cover medical costs for yourself and your family; life insurance, which can help provide your loved ones a measure of financial security when you pass away; homeowner's or renter’s insurance to cover your home; and car insurance to protect your vehicle.

One thing we learn in today’s scripture that a good insurance which our Precious Holy Spirit recommends we get is ‘trouble insurance.’

Look at the features and benefits of this policy and how you can sign up.

. The LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.

. The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive.

. He will be blessed on the earth

. Our Holy Father will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.

. The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness. Our Holy God will sustain him on his sickbed.

So, you might ask what the cost is and what or where do I sign. He tells us right from the start of the Psalm – ‘Blessed is he who considers the poor.’

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

The Psalm opens with David bewailing an illness which has left him in a weak state and declaring that those who have consideration for him in that state will be blessed by YHWH. Indeed, he declares that it is YHWH Who will support him on his sickbed, and is in process of restoring him.

He frankly admits that his suffering is partly due to his sinfulness, and asks for God’s mercy to be shown to him, but at the same time he bewails the fact that his enemies are taking advantage of the situation and are speaking against him, hoping for his death. They come to see him, as befits a king, but it is clear that it is all a false front, and is simply so that they can talk glibly to him, and then take lying tales about his situation to the outer world, where there is much whispering and expectation of his death.

What saddens him most is that even one who was close to him, whom he had trusted, and who had eaten bread with him, had proved false.

He prays that YHWH will raise him up from his sickbed, and enable him to requite himself on such enemies. He is so certain that this will be so that he considers that it demonstrates that YHWH delights in him, something further proved by the assurance that he has that YHWH will not allow his enemies to triumph over him. And he closes the Psalm by expressing his confidence that God will uphold him in his integrity and will indeed set him before His face forever.

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