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Psalm 31 is a model of how to pray when we have difficulties. It is a rich resource of ways to speak to God.
Be Merciful to Me
The Psalm shows us how we can appeal to God for his mercy when we are faced with difficult life situations.
Be merciful to me, Lord,
for I am in trouble;
my eyes are tired from so much crying;
I am completely worn out.
I am exhausted by sorrow,
and weeping has shortened my life.
I am weak from all my troubles;
even my bones are wasting away. (Psalm 31.9-10)
The Hebrew word for mercy is quite descriptive. “It is derived from the name of the most motherly organ in the human body: the womb. This is where the strongest connection of compassion and love are bonded between mother and baby” (Jerusalem Prayer Team).
God speaks of his love and mercy for Israel through the prophet Jeremiah.
Israel, you are my dearest child,
the one I love best.
Whenever I mention your name,
I think of you with love.
My heart goes out to you;
I will be merciful. (Jeremiah 31:20)
Two blind men could shout to Jesus, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” and expect that he would help them (Matthew 9.27). Indeed! He showed mercy on them and gave them their sight.
What do you need today in your life? Be confident of this. Your loving heavenly Father is filled with love and mercy for you. Feel free to bring all of your concerns to him in prayer.
The Reality of Trouble
One of the most hurtful things that can happen to a person is to have friends whisper behind their back during a time of trouble. We can use these verses to bring our hurt to our merciful God for his help.
All my enemies, and especially my neighbors,
treat me with contempt.
Those who know me are afraid of me;
when they see me in the street, they run away.
Everyone has forgotten me, as though I were dead;
I am like something thrown away.
I hear many enemies whispering;
terror is all around me.
They are making plans against me,
plotting to kill me. (Psalm 31.11-13)
Most people who read Christian blog articles are familiar with the words of the “love chapter” in the Bible (1 Corinthians 13). We know that “love is not ill-mannered, selfish or irritable and that love does not keep a record of wrongs.”
We see the life of Jesus and understand that “love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth, and that love never gives up” (1 Corinthians 13.5-7 my paraphrase).
However, the same people who may be able to quote portions of 1 Corinthians 13 are willing to gossip and whisper about the misfortune of one of God’s people.
Where do you turn, when people have turned their backs on you? This Psalm tells us that God waits us with mercy – the kind of compassion that is found in a mother’s love.
I Am Always in Your Care
Even in difficult times, God directs and guides the life of his people.
But my trust is in you, O Lord;
you are my God.
I am always in your care;
save me from my enemies,
from those who persecute me.
Look on your servant with kindness;
save me in your constant love. (Psalm 31.14-16)
Let’s not overlook some key thoughts in these verses.
— Tell God that you are trusting in him. You are “all in” with God and have no substitutes in place of his help.
— The words, “You are my God,” describes a personal relationship. We are able to have a genuine give-and-take relationship with him that is typical of friendship.
— Say to yourself, “I am always in God’s care.”
Claim the truth of 1 Peter 5.7, “Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.”
— Express your thankfulness to God for his constant love. Rely on his nature to assist you in whatever concerns you today.
How to Use Psalm 31
Please make this Psalm your own today. It is one thing to read it or to spend time with a blog article on it.
The best way for Psalm 31 to be helpful to you is for you to pray it in your own words to the Father. Soak up some of the beautiful images of our relationship with God that the Psalm describes.
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