1 In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. 2 Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. 3 Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. 4 Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. 5 Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God. 6 I hate those who cling to worthless idols; as for me, I trust in the Lord. 7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. 8 You have not given me into the hands of the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place. 9 Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief. 10 My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction,[b] and my bones grow weak. 11 Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors and an object of dread to my closest friends— those who see me on the street flee from me. 12 I am forgotten as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery. 13 For I hear many whispering, “Terror on every side!” They conspire against me and plot to take my life. 14 But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” 15 My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. 16 Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. 17 Let me not be put to shame, Lord, for I have cried out to you; but let the wicked be put to shame and be silent in the realm of the dead. 18 Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous. 19 How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. 20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them from all human intrigues; you keep them safe in your dwelling from accusing tongues. 21 Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege. 22 In my alarm I said, “I am cut off from your sight!” Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help. 23 Love the Lord, all his faithful people! The Lord preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full. 24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
This Psalm in my Bible is titled ‘A Prayer of Trust in God’.
I have been a Christian since I was a child. Yet I still find that trusting God everyday, in all situations, can be a challenge. Reading this Psalm is such an encouragement, I love the way David prays – he is raw and honest as he calls on God, and professes his trust in Him.
This psalm resonates so strongly with me; I can read it and be assured that I can fully trust God, as David did, because:
– God is my refuge and defender, always ready to care for and protect me (vs 2, 3, 15, 19)
– He is a faithful, righteous God (vs 1, 5)
– He is full of constant love (vs 7, 21)
There is so much in this prayer of David’s, yet even just these three points are such a great reminder that God is so worthy of my trust.
God, I thank you that you are always present to protect me, that your faithfulness knows no bounds, and that as your child I am covered by your constant love. Thank you for your Word that encourages and strengthens. Help me to place my complete trust in you at all times, because there is no one more worthy than you Lord. Amen.
Written by Madelaine Tarasenko