In you O Lord I seek refuge, do not ever let me be put to shame, in Your righteousness deliver me. Incline your ear to me, rescue me speedily. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress save me.
You are indeed my rock and my fortress for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me, take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for You are my refuge. Into Your hand I commit my spirit, You have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
You hate those who pay regard to worthless idols but I trust in the Lord. I will exalt and rejoice in Your steadfast love because You have seen my affliction, you have taken heed of my adversities and have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy, You have set my feet in a broad place.
Be gracious to me O Lord, for I am in distress, my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also. For my life is spent with sorrow and my years with sighing, my strength fails because of my misery and my bones waste away.
I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors, an object of dread to my acquaintances, those who see me in the street flee from me. I have passed out of mind like one who is dead. I have become like a broken vessel. For I hear the whispering of many…but I trust in You O Lord, I say: ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hand. –Psalm 31:1-15
O how abundant is Your goodness that you have laid up for those who fear You and accomplished for those who take refuge in You, in the sight of everyone. In the shelter of Your presence You hide them from human plots, You hold them safe under Your shelter from contentious tongues.
Blessed be the Lord, for He has wondrously shown His steadfast love to me when I was beset as a city under siege, I had said in my alarm: ‘I am driven far from Your sight’ but You heard my supplications when I cried out to You for help.
Love the Lord all you His Saints, the Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily. Be strong and let your heart take courage all you who wait for the Lord. –Psalm 31:19-24