Good Morning Gorgeous,
It’s a brand new day. A fresh new start. A new day to rise and be strengthened by your Lord.
I read Psalm 31 this morning, and it is another psalm with just beautiful promise after beautiful promise!
The psalm is titled: A psalm of complaint and praise.
Have you ever felt like complaining to God? Maybe you do sometimes complain to God, or maybe you’re afraid that your complaints will anger Him. David shows us through this psalm that we can lay our troubles and complaints, frustrations and disappointments on the Lord.
We can pour our hearts out to Him. We can tell Him when life is unfair, when we have been treated poorly, and when the burden is too heavy. And the Lord takes note and hears our prayers. And His love stays steady and steadfast.
Have you ever felt as though God has turned His face from you? Like He no longer sees your situation, or maybe He has forgotten you? David felt the same way, but then recognized that the Lord heard his cries all along! He heard him and faithfully answered him. David thought God stopped looking at him, stopped noticing him, but then he realized God heard him in his distress.
If you’ve been calling out to the Lord, He sees you. He hears you. He hasn’t left you. He hasn’t forgotten you. Even when pur earthly eyes cannot see, He is working and moving and He is right there with us. He never hides Himself from His people.
In this psalm David is praising the Lord for His steadfast love, His faithfulness, and His deliverance.
He is recognizing that the Lord has always been there. Always. And that the Presence of the Lord is his refuge from all of the things that come against him in this life.
And the ending of this psalm is one to hold close to your heart!
Be strong and take courage as you wait on Him! Waiting is hard. Waiting is frustrating and even painful at times. David writes that it takes strength and courage to wait on the Lord. It takes courage and bravery to confidently wait for Him.
Even when it doesn’t make sense to keep trusting, you can trust Him.
Even when it doesn’t make sense to keep waiting, you can wait on Him with confidence that He will come through.
Even when it doesn’t make sense to expect a move of God, you can keep on expecting that you will see His Hand on your situation.
David’s Psalm encourages that God sees us. He hears us. He covers us with the protection of His Presence, and we can place our confidence in Him!
Here is the full Psalm 31:
In You, O Lord , I have placed my trust and taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed; In Your righteousness rescue me.
Incline Your ear to me, deliver me quickly; Be my rock of refuge, And a strong fortress to save me.
Yes, You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.
You will draw me out of the net that they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength and my stronghold.
Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord , the God of truth and faithfulness. I hate those who pay regard to vain (empty, worthless) idols; But I trust in the Lord [and rely on Him with unwavering confidence].
I will rejoice and be glad in Your steadfast love, Because You have seen my affliction; You have taken note of my life’s distresses, And You have not given me into the hand of the enemy;
You have set my feet in a broad place. Be gracious and compassionate to me, O Lord , for I am in trouble; My eye is clouded and weakened by grief, my soul and my body also.
For my life is spent with sorrow And my years with sighing; My strength has failed because of my iniquity, And even my body has wasted away.
Because of all my enemies I have become a reproach and disgrace, Especially to my neighbors, And an object of dread to my acquaintances;
Those who see me on the street run from me. I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel.
For I have heard the slander and whispering of many, Terror is on every side; While they schemed together against me, They plotted to take away my life.
But as for me, I trust [confidently] in You and Your greatness, O Lord ; I said, “You are my God.” My times are in Your hands; Rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from those who pursue and persecute me.
Make Your face shine upon Your servant; Save me in Your lovingkindness. Let me not be put to shame, O Lord , for I call on You; Let the wicked (godless) be put to shame, let them be silent in Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead).
Let the lying lips be mute, Which speak insolently and arrogantly against the [consistently] righteous With pride and contempt.
How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who [reverently] fear You, Which You have prepared for those who take refuge in You, Before the sons of man!
In the secret place of Your presence You hide them from the plots and conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter (pavilion) from the strife of tongues.
Blessed be the Lord , For He has shown His marvelous favor and lovingkindness to me [when I was assailed] in a besieged city.
As for me, I said in my alarm, “I am cut off from Your eyes.” Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications (specific requests)
When I cried to You [for help]. O love the Lord , all you His godly ones! The Lord preserves the faithful [those with moral and spiritual integrity]
And fully repays the [self-righteousness of the] arrogant. Be strong and let your hearts take courage, All you who wait for and confidently expect the Lord .
Psalms 31:1-24 AMP
Dear Heavenly Father,
Strengthen us and give us fresh doses of courage to keep waiting on You with expectation. Help us to wait with confidence that You see and hear and are still working! You are our protection and our Lord. Lord, we trust You. We trust You. We trust You!
Blessings and courage!