Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:1-18
Psalm 32:6-9—you can trust the one who can forgive, no sense hiding stuff from Him
For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
For this—his happy experience with being forgiven. In a time—if you aint dead, there’s time. Floods—dangers that wipe you out. Hiding place—cover, shelter. Preserve—guard, be blockaded.
I will instruct—probably the voice of God in response to David. Bit and bridle—have to be forced to come. Obedient only by restraint.
Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
Shield—defense, the scaly hide of the crocodile.
O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
Searched—examined meticulously, fully investigated, used in relation to mining operations. A warning to non-believers; a comfort to believers. Afar off—what I will think in future circumstances.
Compassest—a besieging army setting up camp around you. Laid hand—not in heaviness as in Psalm 32, but in provision, protection. Cannot attain—I don’t get how He knows everything—so don’t try to explain it! I don’t know what all He knows—He’s the Judge!
2 Timothy 4:14-18
Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:
15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Alexander—probably same as in 1 Timothy 1:20 whom he delivered to Satan. Probably testified against Paul and prevented his ministry.
Reward—Paul has no need to seek revenge. First answer—first defense, trial, public examination. Stood with—came forward, too afraid to risk it. Strengthened—put strength in me. The Lion—perhaps death, Nero, actual lions, maybe Satan, relates to every evil work.
Every evil work—every design and attempt to thwart his ministry. Preserve—bring me safely to
2 Corinthians 1:3-7
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
Mercy—compassion on suffering. Comfort—consolation and counsel, helps in suffering because of His mercy. Comfort—console, call to one’s side, encourage. Does not eliminate all suffering.
May be able to comfort--One reason God delivers us from trouble is so we can comfort others—not lecture them, belittle them or dismiss them.
Sufferings of Christ—suffering on His account, for His name. Sufferings—plural consolation—singular. Both abound.
Partakers—when one member suffers, the whole body suffers, same is true with comfort.