Praise in the Midst of Persecution
Context - Heading
I. David Praises the LORD (1-3)
A. David Praises the LORD Continually (1)
B. David Praises the LORD Confidently (2)
C. David Praises the LORD Corporately (3)
The person who has experienced God’s mercy naturally looks to others to praise God with him. Corporate worship is one of the natural instincts of the new life of Christ in God’s people.
II. David Sought the Lord (4-7)
A. The LORD Delivers Those Who Seek Him (4, 7)
B. The LORD Saves Those Who Cry Out To Him (5-6)
III. David Presents the Goodness of the LORD (8-10)
A. Blessed is the Man Who Tastes and Takes Refuge in the LORD (8)
B. Full are Those Who Fear the LORD (9-10)
IV. David Calls for Putting Away of Evil. (11-14)
A. Come and Learn (11)
David defines the fear of the Lord in this section. He defines it, not by an emotion or attitude but by action, using words later picked up by the apostle Peter to describe the essentials of a moral life.
B. Keep Your Lips Clean (12,13)
C. Turn From Evil (14)
V. David Preaches the Presence of the LORD. (15-18)
A. The LORD Hears His People (15)
B. The LORD Delivers His People (16,17)
C. The LORD Saves His People (18)
VI. David Proclaims the Deliverance of the LORD. (19-22)
Realistically there is acknowledgement that being righteous (right with God and committed to righteousness, 19) is no guarantee of a trouble-free life (many troubles)—but in his closeness to us the Lord delivers (19), safeguards (20), sides with us against our opponents (21), pays whatever price will meet our need (redeems, 22a; 31:5), and offers himself as an available refuge (22b).