Daily Devotions


Day 239

Psalm 31:11c "Repulsive to my acquaintances..."

Day 239 – Psalm 31

“Repulsive to my acquaintances…” Psalm 31:11c


David was obviously deeply troubled when he turned to the Lord in prayer. He went on to elaborate how he read the circumstances of his life.

“I am a reproach among all my enemies,
But especially among my neighbours,
And am repulsive to my acquaintances;
Those who see me outside flee from me.”
Psalm 31:11

David poured out his troubled heart and spoke of his social circumstances. Every human being is a part of a social network. David’s condition was truly forlorn and sad.

1. Among enemies

a) David did not expect any sympathy from his enemies.
b) But that his name was reproached by his enemies added to his misery.

2. Among neighbours

a) Some neighbours could be kind.
b) Neighbours could attempt to be more supportive.
c) But what if neighbours were like enemies and they were also given to reproaching?

3. Among acquaintances

a) One would expect better treatment from “acquaintances” (“friends”).
b) David felt that he was repulsive to his acquaintances.
c) That would have added great sorrow to his already burdened heart.

4. Outsiders

a) Not much help may be expected from outsiders.
b) But what if they were to flee on sight (of David)?
c) That would almost have been the proverbial straw that broke the back.