Psalm 31

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L.M. D
Julie Tennent

1In You, O Lord, I refuge take, let me be never put to shame;
And in Your righteousness, O Lord, deliver me – I trust Your name.
2Lord, turn now Your ear to me; come quickly and my rescue be;
And be my rock of refuge sure, a fortress strong to rescue me.

3Since You’re my fortress and my rock, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide,
4Free me from traps they set for me, for You’re the Rock where I abide.
5For I commit my spirit, Lord, into Your sovereign, loving hands;
Redeem me, Lord, O God of truth; my life before You ever stands.

6I hate those who to idols cling; I trust in God the Lord alone;
7I will be glad and will rejoice in Your love, for I am Your own.
For You saw my affliction and You knew the anguish of my soul;
8Gave me not to my enemies, but set my feet in places full.

9Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress and grief;
My soul and body filled with grief; my eyes with sorrow do grow weak.
10My life’s consumed by anguish, Lord; my years by groans as You I seek;
My strength fails from affliction, Lord; my very bones grow sick and weak.

11Because of all my enemies, my neighbors pour contempt on me;
I am a dread e’en to my friends – when they see me, they turn and flee.
12I am forgotten as though dead; I’m like old broken pottery;
13I hear their slander; fear fills me, for they conspire and plot ‘gainst me.

14But I do trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God indeed.”
15My times are in Your hands for sure; deliver me from enemies.
16Let Your face shine upon Your child; in Your unfailing love save me;
17And let me not be put to shame, for I have cried out, Lord, to Thee.

17bLet shame upon the wicked come; let them lie silent in the grave;
18Let lying lips be silenced, Lord; with pride and arrogance they rave.
19How great Your goodness which You store for those who fear and reverence You;
Which You bestow in sight of all on those who refuge take in You.

20For in the shelter of Your wings, You hide them from intrigues of men;
You keep them in Your dwelling place; safe from accusing tongues of men.
21Praise to the Lord, for He has shown His love when I was under siege;
22In my alarm, I said, “O Lord, I’m cut off and You don’t see me!”

22bYet, Lord, You heard my cry for help; my cry for mercy You did hear;
23O love the Lord, all you His saints! The Lord saves faithful who draw near.
But all the proud He pays in full; He pays them back their due reward;
24Be strong, O faithful, and take heart; all you who put hope in the Lord.

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