9 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
my eye wastes away from grief,
my soul and body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my misery,
and my bones waste away.
11 I am the scorn of all my adversaries,
a horror to my neighbors,
an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the whispering of many—
terror all around!—
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;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
16 Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love.
17 Do not let me be put to shame, O Lord,
for I call on you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
let them go dumbfounded to Sheol.
18 Let the lying lips be stilled
that speak insolently against the righteous
with pride and contempt.
19 O how abundant is your goodness
that you have laid up for those who fear you,
and accomplished for those who take refuge in you,
in the sight of everyone!
20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them
from human plots;
you hold them safe under your shelter
from contentious tongues.
21 Blessed be the Lord,
for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
when I was beset as a city under siege.
22 I had said in my alarm,
“I am driven far from your sight.”
But you heard my supplications
when I cried out to you for help.
23 Love the Lord, all you his saints.
The Lord preserves the faithful,
but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily.
24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord.
We read prayer of lament and thanksgiving in this Psalm 31 “Be merciful to me God, for I am in distress. My strength fails. Spiritually and physically, I am worn out; my life, my years, and my bone.”
When was the last time that you had this feeling? When you were desperate, what did you do? Sure, we can cry when you feel that you are worn out, and there is no one to help you.
In the bible we see many people of God cried out when they were in distress and in agony. We also read many stories of God’s salvation in the bible. When they felt that they didn’t have any help for them, God of grace came to them and gave them help.
When we are at the very bottom of our life in anguish, Our God who loves us never forgets us. He saves us with providing our needs. Thanks be to God.
‘Be strong, and take heart, All you who hope in the Lord’
Gracious God, your goodness is so great. We give you thanks for your steadfast love. You are God who hears our prayers of supplications. We praise you and trust in you with our hearts. Amen
God hears your prayer of supplications today.