While reading Luke 23:46, the footnote in my Bible directed me to see Psalm 31:5. I read the entire Psalm, and it is beautiful. Apparently it is a prayer of confidence taught to Jewish children. Some of the most beautiful verses follow. My immediate thought is italicized. I don’t recall why I didn’t include verses 9-13.
1 “In You, O Lord, I put my trust; for You alone are truth
Let me never be ashamed; You have placed me here, I trust You
Deliver me in Your righteousness. Again, and again, and again
2 Bow down Your ear to me, Please, Lord, hear my prayer
Deliver me speedily; I can’t wait to start fresh and try again!
Be my rock of refuge, Always a place for me to lean
A fortress of defense to save me. Hide me in Your love
3 For You are my Rock and Fortress On You I will stand
Therefore, for Your name’s sake, Because You love me
Lead me and guide me. I cannot do it by myself
4 Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me I stumbled, help me up
For You are my strength I can rely on You
5 Into Your hand I commit my spirit; Because it is safe there
You have redeemed me, O Lord I am saved
God of truth As You said
6 I have hated those who regard useless idols; They won’t listen
But I trust in the Lord. Because he is faithful
7 I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, I am undeserving
For You have considered my trouble; Thank You for helping me
You have known my soul in adversities, And still You love me
8 And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have forgiven me again and again
You have set my feet in a wide place.” Where I am stable
14 “But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; Because You are true to Your word
I say “You are my God.” And I get overwhelmed with joy
15 My times are in Your hand; O thank You, God!
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies. I know You will
And from those who persecute me. They don’t know You
16 Make Your face shine upon Your servant; Let me feel You
Save me for Your mercies’ sake. So I many touch You, O God
17 Do not let me be ashamed, O Lord For I am trying
For I have called upon You; I know You will teach me
Let the wicked be ashamed; Because they don’t love You
Let them be silent in the grave. They had so many chances
18 Let the lying lips be put to silence, They followed the devil
Which speak insolent things proudly They don’t seek You, O Lord
And contemptuously against the righteous. They are lost
19 Oh, how great is Your goodness, It is never ending
Which You have laid up for those who fear You, I am so proud to serve You
Which You have prepared for those who trust in You. I give my life to You, Jesus
In the presence of the sons of men. Openly without shame
20 You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence. Protect me, guide me, love me
From the plots of man; Those who don’t know You, don’t know me
You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion Where I can feel safe
From the strife of tongues. It doesn’t matter what they say
21 Blessed be the Lord, For He is mighty
For He has shown me his marvelous
Kindness in a strong city!” And I am overwhelmed with awe
23 “Oh, Love the Lord, all you His saints! He is so easy to love
For the Lord preserves the faithful, and I am one of His
And fully repays the proud person. Watch your attitude!
24 Be of good courage, I am with you!
And He shall strengthen your heart, Day after day, just let Him!
All you who hope in the Lord.” Thank You, God!
Have a very blessed day, dear reader. God loves you! Those are my thoughts, what are yours? Please comment.