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Bible Reading: Psalm 31

Psalm 31
In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed; In Your righteousness deliver me.
Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly; Be to me a rock of strength, A stronghold to save me.
For You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.
You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength.
Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have ransomed me, O LORD, God of truth.
I hate those who regard vain idols, But I trust in the LORD.
I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness, Because You have seen my affliction; You have known the troubles of my soul,
And You have not given me over into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a large place.
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body also.
For my life is spent with sorrow And my years with sighing; My strength has failed because of my iniquity, And my body has wasted away.
Because of all my adversaries, I have become a reproach, Especially to my neighbors, And an object of dread to my acquaintances; Those who see me in the street flee from me.
I am forgotten as a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel.
For I have heard the slander of many, Terror is on every side; While they took counsel together against me, They schemed to take away my life.
But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.
Make Your face to shine upon Your servant; Save me in Your lovingkindness.
Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I call upon You; Let the wicked be put to shame, let them be silent in Sheol.
Let the lying lips be mute, Which speak arrogantly against the righteous With pride and contempt.
How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, Before the sons of men!
You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.
Blessed be the LORD, For He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city.
As for me, I said in my alarm, “I am cut off from before Your eyes”; Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications When I cried to You.
O love the LORD, all you His godly ones! The LORD preserves the faithful And fully recompenses the proud doer.
Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD. Psalm 31

There are two possibilities when considering the author of Psalm 31. The majority of scholars believe David wrote this when he was hiding in the wilderness from King Saul. However, because of the language used in Psalm 31 is similar to various verses in Jeremiah, some believe the prophet was the author. Ultimately we know that the Holy Spirit is the author and it is inspired for our good.

As you read this Psalm notice that verses 1-8 declare a measure of trust in the midst of physical and emotional distress. Verses 9-18 speak of urgent pleading for deliverance from enemies. Finally, verses 19-24 are a celebration of God’s goodness and an encouragement of for believers to be strong in the Lord. For our devotional today let us use this outline and choose one verse to guide us in prayer and meditation. Here is a suggestion for your prayer today:

  • Trust in the Lord in times of despair; “For You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.” v.3
  • A plead for deliverance; “Make Your face to shine upon Your servant; Save me in Your lovingkindness.” v.16
  • A celebration of God’s goodness; “O love the LORD, all you His godly ones! The LORD preserves the faithful And fully recompenses the proud doer. Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD.” vs. 23-24

Weekly Memory Verse: O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34.8