Crying Out to God in Times of Distress
This psalm begins with the singer talking about the power of the Lord. He is more powerful than any enemy that might stand in our way, or any problem we may encounter. When faced with a problem, we can study it out in our mind and then bring it to Him, because He is the source of all wisdom. Not only is He the source of wisdom, but He loves us as our Father, and so wishes to help those who come to Him.
In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.
Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.
For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.
Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.
Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.
I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the Lord. (Psalm 31: 1-6)
Crying Out to God for Mercy and Forgiveness
The psalmist acknowledges that he brings many of his troubles on himself, but knows that the Lord will still show him mercy if he comes to Him humbly. We all come to God like “a broken vessel”, needing mending, and having no way to fix ourselves. When He does fix us, we become able to carry more than we thought possible, full of faith, hope, and love.
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.
Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.
For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.
I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled 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: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.
But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God.
My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake.
Let me not be ashamed, O Lord; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.
Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous. (Psalm 31: 7-18)
The Reward of the Lord
Then we read in Psalm 31, verses 19 – 24, about the reward the Lord has in store when we trust in Him:
Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
Blessed be the Lord: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.
For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.
O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.
This and other psalms can provide us comfort in times of trouble and inspire us to have courage in the face of adversity. Treasure up inspired words and songs such as this so you can remember them when you need them.
More about “Psalm 31”
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