David Beyond His Enemies

Handwritten page from the book of Psalms chapter 22 verse 22 through chapter 24 verse 8.

Synopsis     Psalms 22:22-24:8     9/13/2021 

King David wrote, “All the ends of the earth will worship and turn to God”. In this way, he anticipated that even future generations would sing God’s praises.  

And then he invoked the language of shepherding from his youth. He suggested that relationship with God is like that between a shepherd and his flock. The shepherd has the wisdom that the sheep lack. And through this wisdom, the sheep who follow will never lack for anything. 

He concluded this psalm with the imagery of a banquet table. And he marveled at how God set the table in the sight of David’s enemies. Yet, there was nothing they could do to despoil the banquet.  

David Beyond His Enemies 

As long as David followed God, he was beyond the reach of his enemies. David experienced this relationship first with a lion and a bear that he fought as a shepherd. Later, he experienced God’s faithfulness with Goliath and King Saul. So, David anticipated this kind of relationship in all that he did throughout his life.  

Beyond My Enemy 

The evil one wants to ruin me – and you. The scriptures indicate that out of spite and envy he is willing to destroy every good thing. As such, he is my enemy to the extent that I am hoping to follow Jesus. 

And yet, he is powerless against me to the same extent that I actually follow Jesus. What David wrote is an encouragement. God has provided everything I need for life and for Godliness. If I keep my eyes on him, I will never be despoiled again.  

“His divine power has bestowed on us everything that makes for life and devotion, through the knowledge of hima who called us by his own glory and power.” 1 Peter 1:3 

September 13, 2021

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