Psalm 31 For the director of music. A Psalm of David.
“In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge;”
[Where else, O Lord, is there for safety? You only are my Rock, my Salvation, my High Tower. From you only comes my Rescue. You only are my Lord, my Shepherd, my King, my God.
You alone are the One in whom I can find refuge, for you are powerful beyond belief, wise beyond comprehension, good beyond hope, loving beyond expectations, faithful beyond understanding. You are the Glorious, Holy, Strong and Trustable One, the only true Stability in the universe. In you alone is there Hope.]
“let me never be put to shame;”
[taking refuge in you will lead to your glory and my safety. You will give me the honor of your love and protection, of your care and compassion, shielding me from the shame your enemies want to heap on me. “My salvation and my honor depend on God…” (Ps. 62:6). Grant me a token for good that those who hate me may see it and be shamed instead.]
“deliver me in your righteousness.”
[Praise you that you are totally Right, completely Holy and always act out of your Pure character. I praise you that you are really Righteous in all that you do, totally Trustable, fully Faithful. I praise you that you will deliver me finally, first from fears, then from troubles.]
Praise you, Lord God–Father, Son and Holy Spirit–that you are constantly, consistently at work in our lives, bringing all the help, wisdom, protection, ordering and provision that we need. We are so weak, so small, so vulnerable, but you are so wonderfully powerful, majestically mighty and absolutely undefeatable. In you we can hide. In you we can rest. In you we are safe.
I am so thankful, Lord Jesus, for your powerful, effective, wonderful Salvation, bought at great personal price, giving us value, acceptance, meaning, family and a future–a great demonstration of your rich, merciful Love, which continues to flow into our lives every day.
Thank you for the challenges that come, the opportunities to trust you, the chances to rest in you and to listen to you rather than the strident, confusing voices of the world, of my flesh and of the devil. I praise you, Lord God for how you will care for me today. May I live worthy of you, in thought, motive, word and action. Amen.