Psalm 31 – Take Refuge in the Lord

I had a post planned for today. It’s been swirling around in my head for a few days. But then I woke up with the inkling of a migraine that I could never quite get to go away and which got worse after lunch and is only just now feeling a bit better. And now it is time for bed. So I decided I would just post a Psalm today. Part of this Psalm was one of our scripture readings at church last Sunday and it is one of my favorites. It reminds me that on days like today I can take refuge in the Lord.

Psalm 31

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

 1 In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge;
       let me never be put to shame;
       deliver me in your righteousness.

 2 Turn your ear to me,
       come quickly to my rescue;
       be my rock of refuge,
       a strong fortress to save me.

 3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,
       for the sake of your name lead and guide me.

 4 Free me from the trap that is set for me,
       for you are my refuge.

 5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;
       redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.

 6 I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
       I trust in the LORD.

 7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
       for you saw my affliction
       and knew the anguish of my soul.

 8 You have not handed me over to the enemy
       but have set my feet in a spacious place.

 9 Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;
       my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
       my soul and my body with grief.

 10 My life is consumed by anguish
       and my years by groaning;
       my strength fails because of my affliction,
       and my bones grow weak.

 11 Because of all my enemies,
       I am the utter contempt of my neighbors;
       I am a dread to my friends—
       those who see me on the street flee from me.

 12 I am forgotten by them as though I were dead;
       I have become like broken pottery.

 13 For I hear the slander of many;
       there is terror on every side;
       they conspire against me
       and plot to take my life.

 14 But I trust in you, O LORD;
       I say, “You are my God.”

 15 My times are in your hands;
       deliver me from my enemies
       and from those who pursue me.

 16 Let your face shine on your servant;
       save me in your unfailing love.

 17 Let me not be put to shame, O LORD,
       for I have cried out to you;
       but let the wicked be put to shame
       and lie silent in the grave.

 18 Let their lying lips be silenced,
       for with pride and contempt
       they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

 19 How great is your goodness,
       which you have stored up for those who fear you,
       which you bestow in the sight of men
       on those who take refuge in you.

 20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them
       from the intrigues of men;
       in your dwelling you keep them safe
       from accusing tongues.

 21 Praise be to the LORD,
       for he showed his wonderful love to me
       when I was in a besieged city.

 22 In my alarm I said,
       “I am cut off from your sight!”
       Yet you heard my cry for mercy
       when I called to you for help.

 23 Love the LORD, all his saints!
       The LORD preserves the faithful,
       but the proud he pays back in full.

 24 Be strong and take heart,
       all you who hope in the LORD.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


4 Responses

  1. Praying for you Linda, for healing, comfort and peace. I know He has you covered, always! This is one of the Psalms I tried to memorize at one time . . .at a hard time. It blessed me then and it still does! Thank you! And thank you for the blessing of how even in your time of struggle and pain, you are thinking of Him, of what to post, of a way to glorify Jesus. Love that. 🙂

    • Deb, Thanks for the prayers. I memorized a number of Psalms at one point, but I couldn’t recite them anymore. The great thing is that they are all still in my heart! Peace, Linda

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