As David is on the run from his own son, who is seeking to take the throne through a violent coup, he begins to meditate on God and His Word. Though he finds himself in a dry and weary land with no basic provisions, he thirsts instead for the living God. The reason why is simple: to David, the grace of God is truly better than life. In light of this reality, he gives us five principles to learn how to find satisfaction in God as we traverse through the barren wasteland of the wilderness.
In the face of many persecutions and pains, David gives himself to awed meditation on the goodness of God. He speaks with happy confidence on that goodness stored up and worked out. He identifies the blessed companions who share in this divine bounty: all who fear the Lord and put their trust in him. From all this we can draw a number of useful lessons for ourselves.
We consider our Psalm of the Month - Psalm 118 where we see that men are to praise and thank Jehovah for His goodness. Especially when we contemplate His goodness expressed in His work of the sufferings of Christ that procured our salvation - we are to praise God that He is good and does good to His people.
The contrast between the wicked and the righteous starts with what each one values: the wicked man values godlessness, sin, and scoffing; while the righteous man delights in God's word. God's blessing comes to those who treat as precious the revelation He has given for our instruction and joy.
We consider a topical sermon on the neglected theme of Spiritual Conference. We speak of this quite neglected duty to spend time in fellowship with the brethren profiting our souls by speaking of the Lord and of heavenly matters, to meditate upon the Word with one another, and to inquire into the state of each others' souls. To the end that our hearts would be warmed with Christ, that our brethren would be edified, and we would walk as citizens of heaven, putting away sin, and living in anticipation of glory, and the Beatific Vision. Malachi 3:16-18 and Luke 24:15.
Dealing with truth and not lies is a black and white contrast. Avoid the gray areas of carelessness and compromise. The tongue has been described as a tree of life or a source of death and destruction. Truth can bless or be used malignantly.