Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress… my life is consumed by anguish. I am the utter contempt of my neighbors… for I hear the slander of many… But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” Psalm 31:9 – 14
Sometimes we are placed in situations we least expect. They start out looking like God’s hand is all over and blessing us in them. Then boom! Distress, anguish, and utter contempt of neighbors. Slander takes over and we have to spend time sanitizing the putrid spume that emanates from lying lips. There are so many issues that already beset us and these circumstances only add to the frustrations.
But how do we go through? Do we go it alone or do we cry out to God for help? The Bible assures us that when we cry out to the Lord He will hear and answer.
David cries out to the Lord to be merciful and then he continues to give the details of his woes; but like in so many of his psalms he puts his trust in the Lord. We can learn from David that it becomes much easier to bear when we trust; when we say, “not my will but Thy will be done”, as Jesus did in Gethsemane on His way to the cross.
Episodes of having to suffer the utter contempt of one’s neighbors are never easy to deal with, but thank God we never have to deal with them alone because our Shepherd is with us as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. When we trust in the Lord He will teach us how to love and live with abusive and malicious neighbors. He will comfort us in times of trials. He will give us His enduring power.
David trusted and pleaded for deliverance and favor. He undoubtedly received favorable answers to his supplications because He encourages us at the end of Psalm 31 to love the Lord because He preserves those who are faithful. “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord” (verse 24).
Lord, I am thankful that You are faithful. Teach me how to trust in Your enduring power.
When in the midst of God’s appointed That old accuser has been planted One thing we must remember well The blood of Jesus will prevail
The devil will point his finger at you And that’s just what he’s there to do But if you want to bring him low Remember at whose name he’ll bow
God did not give us a spirit of fear He gave us the word, He gave us prayer And to keep our souls with Him aligned He gave us power, love, and a sound mind
So rejoice, my friend, in tribulation Keep both eyes on your expectation Our Lord has called us by His grace To run, triumphantly, life’s race.
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