Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Psalm 31 in My Words

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.

© dft

1 comment:

  1. Blessed are the ones who listen. Righteous are the ones who follow. God alone can right all wrongs. Only He can heal our sorrow.


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