Psalms 69-71 & 86

A United Heart

 Today we continue our study in the Psalms of David. These Psalms are prayers and petitions that David brought before God in a time of great suffering and trial. As we read these Psalms we can also relate as David describes what he is going through and how he was feeling at the time.

 In Psalms 69 through 71 we also see shadows of our Lord Jesus. Jesus went through intense suffering as He did His Father's will and plan which led Him to the cross. Jesus always did the Father’s will and sought only to bring glory to the Father, but that does not mean it was easy. Hebrews 3:18 tells us that Jesus was tempted through the things that He suffered so that He could not only relate to us but come to our aid when we are tempted.

 Suffering carries with it temptation. The ultimate goal of temptation is to cause us to abandon our faith and take matters into our own hands and react which usually results in sin. At that point our enemy, the devil, will heap on the guilt and shame which leads to more suffering.

 Jesus never wavered in His faith in the Father. David in Psalm 86:11 wrote, “Teach me Thy way, O Lord; I will walk in truth: Unite my heart to fear Thy name.” NASB

 David’s suffering in regards to Absalom’s rebellion was the consequence of David’s sin. The same is true for Israel when they were given over to captivity.  David, Israel, and we, suffer from a divided heart. We want to do the right thing, but we also want to feed the lust of the flesh. We want to serve God but we also want to serve ourselves. The enemy knows this so he is sure to put before us the most appealing temptations.

 In Jeremiah 32 God declares that one day He will bring the people out of the lands they were driven to in His wrath. He said, “And I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always for their own good, and for the good of their children after them.” Vs.39 NASB

Suffering has a purpose and it must accomplish its work. The goal of suffering is to unite our heart to trust in God and His Word. As David goes through his suffering he is drawn closer to God as evidenced by the Psalms he has written.

Because Jesus was faithful in the suffering He experienced He took the wrath of God for our sins upon Himself that we might be forgiven our sins and have a united heart. He also made for us through Him, a direct connection to the throne of grace in our prayers and petitions to find mercy and the grace of God in our time of need and suffering. Hebrew 4:16

God has done it! He has made the way! It is finished! Now is the time for us to act. God is extending His grace and mercy 24/7. May we boldly approach the throne of God and may He give us a united heart!

 Pastor Dave