Psalm 31

A psalm of grief, depression, and distress,

 
In the beginning, the Psalmist asks Verse 1-5
And in the end, God answers in verse 22
 
The grief is so strong that the psalmist talks of the physical effects in verse 9&10

  1. Body and soul withers away
  2. Years shortened
  3. Energy drained
  4. In fact, he puts it like this, “he is wasting away from within”

 

  1. Lord, I have come to you for protection;

don’t let me be disgraced.

Save me, for you do what is right.

2      Turn your ear to listen to me;

rescue me quickly.

Be my rock of protection,

a fortress where I will be safe.

3      You are my rock and my fortress.

For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger.

4      Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me,

for I find protection in you alone.

5      I entrust my spirit into your hand.

Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God.

6      I hate those who worship worthless idols.

I trust in the Lord.

Psalm 31:7
Psalm 31:7
  I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul.

7      I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,

for you have seen my troubles,

and you care about the anguish of my soul.

8      You have not handed me over to my enemies

but have set me in a safe place.

9      Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress.

Tears blur my eyes.

My body and soul are withering away.

10    I am dying from grief;

my years are shortened by sadness.

Sin has drained my strength;

I am wasting away from within.

11    I am scorned by all my enemies

and despised by my neighbors—

even my friends are afraid to come near me.

When they see me on the street,

they run the other way.

12    I am ignored as if I were dead,

as if I were a broken pot.

A side note: Kintsugi-Beauty out of Brokeness

God says he gives beauty for ashes in Isaiah 61:3

The Japanese use Kintsugi to show “Beauty out of brokenness”

13    I have heard the many rumors about me,

and I am surrounded by terror.

My enemies conspire against me,

plotting to take my life.

Beauty for Ashes
Beauty for Ashes
Isaiah 61:3

14    But I am trusting you, O Lord,

saying, “You are my God!”

15    My future is in your hands.

Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.

16    Let your favor shine on your servant.

In your unfailing love, rescue me.

17    Don’t let me be disgraced, O Lord,

for I call out to you for help.

Let the wicked be disgraced;

let them lie silent in the grave.

18    Silence their lying lips—

those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.

19    How great is the goodness

you have stored up for those who fear you.

You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,

blessing them before the watching world.

20    You hide them in the shelter of your presence,

safe from those who conspire against them.

You shelter them in your presence,

far from accusing tongues.

21    Praise the Lord,

for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love.

He kept me safe when my city was under attack.

22    In panic, I cried out,

“I am cut off from the Lord!”

 

God sees and hears your prayer
God sees and hears your prayer

But you heard my cry for mercy

 

and answered my call for help.

23    Love the Lord, all you godly ones!

For the Lord protects those who are loyal to him,

but he harshly punishes the arrogant.

24    So be strong and courageous,

all you who put your hope in the Lord!

 

Simply you Matter,

God hears and answers your calls for help in times of grief,

You are seen by the creator

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