Abide in Me

Psalm 31: 7-8.

I will be glad and rejoice in Thy mercy: for Thou hast considered my trouble; Thou hast known my soul in adversities;

And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: Thou hast set my feet in a large room.

In verse 7, David bows to God’s mercy in protecting him. He is thankful for God’s mercy. He acknowledges that God has known him in his perils through which he has traveled. David continues, in verse 8, to b thankful that God has delivered him from the terrors of falling into the hands of his enemies.

Then he says, “Thou hast set my feet in a large room.” So I wondered what that meant? A palace? A mountain top? A huge, hidden cavern?

It becomes clear when compared to the first part of the verse. The hand of the enemy was a place of danger and probably death for David. In God’s hand however, David knew he was in a place of safety and security. It translates as a broad or roomy place of comfort and safety.

It made me think of John 15: 4-11 (NKJV). To abide means to pitch ones’ tent; to live there, to dwell there permanently.

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you[a] will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

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