Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.
2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.
3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.
7 Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.
8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.
10 In God will I praise his word: in the Lord will I praise his word.
11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.
13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?
Public Domain KJV text from Wordproject.org
After the past few years, who can’t relate to having some hard times? I love how David is so raw and honest with God. In this psalm he especially describes his fears and the troubles he has with people. Yet in spite of those who are trying to harm him, he puts his trust in God. He says about God, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book" (v8 NLT). Then David reiterates his trust in God and gives Him praise.
Have you been afraid by the things you see around you, or by things happening in your life? I have. I have cried with friends as we pray for the salvation of our kids. I have cried in pain over loss. It encourages me to know that God knows. What can I do with my emotions and pain? As verse 11 say, “I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?” I am learning through hard times how to put my trust in God. Claiming His promises and seeing how God helped David, helps me. You can trust God’s Words. Praying for you.
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