Psalm 31 is written by David, the great King of ancient Israel. After experiencing an incident in which David’s foes sought to kill him, he was reminded that God protects those who trust in Him. In writing this psalm, David encourages us to love and trust in God when we are faced with afflictions. From it’s opening verses, we see David call on the very Lord he trusted in to come to his aid. We see his confidence in God remain strong, counting on the Lord’s promise to help the righteous in their time of need. David knows, in his heart of hearts, that he can count on God’s love to rescue and sustain him through the troubles he finds himself caught up in. We see David lay out his case and, through this psalm, witness his fervent prayer for deliverance from those who seek to do him harm. When God comes through, we see David give him praise and thanks. Then, in closing, we hear David exhort us to follow his lead and love the Lord intentionally, with purpose, knowing that God Almighty will come to our rescue. In light of what we see God do, time and time again, in the lives of the people in the Bible, we can be confident that He will remain faithful to His promise, blessing the righteous and punishing the evil ones. Faced with trouble in this world, believers can endure and persevere persecution and suffering, trusting in the Lord, so much so that we can sing His praises while we face trouble and affliction head on.
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
1 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me!
2 Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily!
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me!
3 For you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;
4 you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
6 I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols,
but I trust in the Lord.
7 I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
because you have seen my affliction;
you have known the distress of my soul,
8 and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
you have set my feet in a broad place.
9 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
my eye is wasted from grief;
my soul and my body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
and my bones waste away.
11 Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,
especially to my neighbors,
and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the whispering of many—
terror on every side!—
as they scheme together against me,
as they 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 hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16 Make your face shine on your servant;
save me in your steadfast love!
17 O Lord, let me not be put to shame,
for I call upon you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
let them go silently to Sheol.
18 Let the lying lips be mute,
which speak insolently against the righteous
in pride and contempt.
19 Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you
and worked for those who take refuge in you,
in the sight of the children of mankind!
20 In the cover of your presence you hide them
from the plots of men;
you store them in your shelter
from the strife of tongues.
21 Blessed be the Lord,
for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
when I was in a besieged city.
22 I had said in my alarm,
I am cut off from your sight.
But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
when I cried to you for help.
23 Love the Lord, all you his saints!
The Lord preserves the faithful
but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord!