What Does Psalm 31:3 Mean?

For You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name's sake You will lead me and guide me.

Psalm 31:3(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

While fleeing from the wrath of the increasingly evil King Saul, David went to the assistance of some of his fellow-men who were facing great difficulties from the Philistines – but in all the difficulties that David faced he called on the name of the Lord, for David knew that there is no security and safety outside of Him. And David put His trust in the Lord and David prayed for God’s continuing protection and support in all the difficulties and dangers that He faced – for David knew that God is our rock of defense and He alone is our very present help in time of trouble.

Trust in the Lord is our portion too and prayer to the Lord it our privilege as well for we know that in Christ we have a portion and privilege for we are His people and the sheep of His pasture – we are a new creation in Christ and He is our loving heavenly Father.

But simply because we are God’s children we are not exempt from the difficulties and dangers that pursue us - and the protection that this fallen world offers is incapable of shielding us from the enemy, who as a roaring lion goes about seeking whom he may devour. But in all things, like David, we have a God that has undertaken to be with us in all the difficulties and distresses that rise up to overwhelm us and He has given us His word that His grace is sufficient - to the praise of His name.

As David was surrounded by the accumulating difficulties in his life – he acknowledged God to be his portion and he prayed to the Lord to lead and to guide. We like David have Christ as our portion and we also have the privilege of prayer when times are tough and we know not which way to turn.

Like David we need to be men and women that delight ourselves in the Lord and meditate upon Him in our waking moments and during our times of rest, as well as throughout all the twists and turns of life - so that when the storms of life whip-up around us we are not dismayed, but with David are able to claim, You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name's sake You will lead me and guide me -  and the wonderful thing is that when we trust Him as our Rock and submit to His leading - it is not only for our eternal benefit - but it is also to the praise of His holy name.

My Prayer

Loving Father You are my rock and fortress, my strength and stay and I rest in Your love. I ask that You lead and guide me through all the twists and turns of my life and thank You that Your grace is sufficient for all that I face, in Christ’s name I pray, AMEN

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