Many are… (Psalm 34; Romans 16; I Samuel 18; Lamentations 3)

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”  Psalm 34:19

On the heels of a great victory it would seem as if nothing could stand in David’s way of the life of ease!!!  You understand the life of ease?  It is the life that is portrayed by the American Dream and is preached by the prosperity preachers.  However there is one problem, “many are…

God says, “many are the afflictions of the righteous.”

In I Samuel 18 we do not see the American dream nor do we see prosperity coming to David because he served the Lord.  We see David facing the jealously of King Saul which drove him to try to destroy David.  This jealously would last for over 10 years.

These 10 years would be filled with many adversities, but in each of them David would progress in his faith and David would proclaim the faithfulness of God.

Think it through:

  • Many of the Psalms are written by David as God is inspiring him in the midst of afflictions:

“The Lord redeems the life of his servants, none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.”  Psalm 34:22

  • Multitudes of people have been challenged by David’s heart for God in the midst of afflictions:

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!  Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”  Psalm, 34:8

  • David’s throne would ultimately find its greatest fulfillment at the coming of Jesus Christ.

“So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon were fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations,” Matthew 1:17

The fact is, “David’s life helps us to see the “many are” that comes to everyone who is a Christ follower.”  David sought to follow God’s path which placed him in the opposite path of the world.  Trouble was going to come!!!  So will it will all Christ followers, Acts 14:22; II Timothy 2:12.

Our response:

You and I must expect the “many are” and we must fulfill the purposes of God in the “many are!!!”

Be assured, The God of heaven is for you this day!!!  Check out Romans 8:31-38.

Never allow the enemy to convince you that you are sinning when the “many are” comes your way.  Claim the trial as your opportunity to progress in faith and to proclaim the faithfulness of God.

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