Psalm 31:3 “For You are my rock and my fortress; and for Your name’s sake You lead me and guide me.”
This morning I came across an article by John Hart about the magnitude of the opioid crisis here in the United States. Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to read the entire article but I was reminded once again of the deep depression and discontent that so many people find themselves in today in our culture.
When we turn our focus away from ourselves and we turn our focus to God and His Word we find that God is the ultimate source of strength and refuge yet so few people understand this. David praises God here in Psalm 31 and acknowledges that God is His “rock and…fortress.” The problems that afflict our culture will not be remedied by more prescription drugs, better mental health services, or better access to health care. What ails our culture will only be remedied by the Creator of all the universe, God.
The second half of this verse is really the most important to having a right understanding of God and our relationship to Him. David writes, “and for Your name’s sake You lead me and guide me.” The problem that so many people have is they think that God is here for them. God exists in their minds to make their life better and to give them everything they want out of life. But this verse tells us that God is our fortress and our rock not so we can have the “best life now” but rather so He will be glorified and honored.
Most people spend their existence pursuing pleasure and what they want out of life, which is ultimately almost always tied to pleasure. They think that if they just add a little bit of God to that then they will be alright and that God will make their life better and help them achieve their selfish goals. But you see God doesn’t exist so I can achieve my lifetime goal of having a big house and really nice cars. God exists to be exalted and glorified. Look at what David says here: He acknowledges that God is his rock, his fortress and that he leads him and guides him but it is all for God’s “name’s sake.” In other words God leads me and He guides me so that He will be exalted by my life being completely submitted to Him.
So the question for you is: Do you live for yourself? Do you live in the pursuit of your desires and your pleasure? Do you see God as just another self-improvement plan? If you answer in the affirmative to these questions then you must repent of your sins and submit your life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It is only when one does this that they have true and lasting peace in this life and the promise of eternal life with Christ.