May 21. Devotions; Prayer and Victory

Ps. 15:1-17:15; 20:1-21:13

As the psalmist asked a serious question, he answered it himself. Those who live according to the precepts outlined in the body of the poem are the ones who are pleasing to God. Both positive and negative aspects of one’s life and conduct were mentioned.

Trust is the key topic of the writer. Goodness is vain without the Lord. Those who follow and trust idols are truly living empty lives. A child of God has a heavenly inheritance in that life after the grave.

David was confident that his life was just and pure. He had been tested in life but still needed God’s mercy as he continued his walk with the Lord. He prayed for future protection from his enemies. Those enemies were like fierce lions stalking their prey. He further described them as being gratified by worldly treasures of the present life instead of trusting God. As for the psalmist, his portion would come when he awakened from the grave.

The psalmist entered into prayer for the children of Israel instead of seeking blessings only for himself. The Law of Moses was a law of works. David called on the Lord to remember the sacrifices of His people and to reward them according to their desires. Since they had trusted in God and stood upright instead of trusting in material things as chariots and horses, David was confident of a positive response to his prayer. Christians have that same confidence today through grace and mercy in the law of Christ.

David expressed his joy and praise for God’s salvation. The desires of his prayers had been granted. David’s own personal powers as king were derived from the Lord. He further wrote of the future victory God would have over His enemies. The psalm ended with an exclamation of praise for God’s power.