Daily email Number 417 – from the Vicar

Having finished our reading through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, we return to our journey through the Psalms and pick up from where we left off previously by reading today Psalm 31.
My Study Bible describes it as ‘a prayer for deliverance when confronted but a conspiracy so powerful and open that all David’s friends abandoned him.’
Often Psalms have a format where the Psalmist cries out to the Lord about his situation, and then towards the end something seems to have happened so that he then speaks out his faith and trust in the Lord.And if you take verses 9 to 18 of this Psalm you will see that format, with the turning point being vs.14-15, ‘BUT I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”  My times are in your hands…’
However, when I was reading this Psalm last night before I went to bed, what really struck me is that there are words of trust scattered all the way through the Psalm.  For example, the repeated use of the word ‘refuge’ in the opening verses, v.6 – I trust in the Lord, v.19 – How great is your goodness, the last 2 verses as an encouragement to other people to love the Lord and trust Him.And of course it is verse 5 of this Psalm which the Lord Jesus uses when He is on the cross, ‘Into your hands I commit my spirit.’
So my Study Bible again, ‘No psalm expresses a more sturdy trust in the Lord when powerful human forces threaten.’
So do you feel under (human) attack?  This Psalm is for you.  If you’re okay now, but something happens in the future, do remember Psalm 31 to turn your eyes and heart to the Lord.

In our cycle of prayer, let us remember today,- Robert and Jan,- Nova.

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