Psalm 31

A confident call for deliverance from trouble
A favorite psalm of reformers, Huss, Luther, and Melanchthon.
.1 ¶ <<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.>> In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.
.2 Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.
  Put my trust ps00701.
  The first 3 verses are like those of Psalm 71 ps071.
  Be ashamed Compare ps02502.
  Bow down thine ear Compare ps01706.
.3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.
 4 Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.
 5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
  3 - Rock See on ps01802. where the same Hebrew word (cela') is used ps01802.
  3 - For thy name's sake The Lord's name is His reputation. By our disobedience and neglect He is dishonored. The plea is for Him to lead us in such a way that we will avoid making Him look bad.
 6 I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.
 7 I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;
 8 And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.
  8 - Shut me up Compare de3230.
  8 - In a large room Better translated, in a roomy or, perhaps, open place.
.9 ¶ Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.
 10 For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.
.11 I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.
 12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel. 
.13 For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.
  13 - Slander Whispering or evil report. This will be the situation in the final crisis just ahead mt0511.
  13 - Fear Hebrew magor "terror." See how the word is used in is3109, je0625, je3003. Compare je2010.
 14 But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God.
 15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
 16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake.
 17 Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. 
 18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.
  16 - Face to shine Like the Aaronic blessing, nu0624, ps00406.
  17 - Be ashamed See ps02502.
  17 - Be silent See the next verse.
 19 ¶ Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
 20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
  19 - Great ... goodness The first part of the psalm expresses distress from suffering. From this verse to the end expresses assurance.
  20 - In the secret Literally, "in the hiding place" as ps02705.
 21 Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city. 
 22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.
  22 - Haste From chaphaz which usually means "hurry away" as in de2002f, 2sa0404. In despair the psalmist cried out and evil forces had taken advantage.
 23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
 24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
  Final great words addressed to all of us.



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