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When I kept it all inside, my bones turned to powder, my words became daylong groans. Hour by hour I place my days in your hand. God’s remedy for stress is for us trust in Him, the sovereign, personal Lord. You can take classes on meditation and yoga at most community centers. I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hand.” The whole psalm is this repeated fight for faith in God in the midst of this severe trial. Though David’s trial was terrifying, so that he despaired even of life itself (v. 13), God gave him strength to endure. Secondly, thus furnished with steady firmness and unfailing strength, we are to stand prepared to sustain every day new conflicts.

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Don't let me down! those who see me on the street flee from me. Don’t embarrass me by not showing up; I’ve … Then you’ll be ready for stressful times. God, you pulled me out of the grave, gave me another chance at life. Don't let me down! You don’t have strength to do your daily tasks. You may be thinking at this point, “Well, then, if God is sovereign and if my times are in His hands, then there’s nothing left for me to do. Be strong. Blessed God! Don't let me down!

These things add up.

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Jesus explained this very plainly (John 15:19), “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.” Note four things: We need to understand that trusting in the Lord does not insulate us from the roller coaster of emotions that hit when we face stressful situations. 2:22; Ps.

but have set my feet in a spacious place.


Be my safe leader, be my true mountain guide. Psalm 31 New King James Version (NKJV) The Lord a Fortress in Adversity To the Chief Musician. God will forgive our sin if we confess and forsake it (Prov. Psalm 31:1 I run to you, God; I run for dear life. As you slam the door on those oily, mocking faces. They were talking against him, making his name a reproach (31:1, 11, 13, 17, 20). With regard to David’s final exhortation to be strong and take courage, Calvin realistically notes (ibid., pp. Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

In you, LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. 1:11; Rom. 21 Praise be to the Lord,(AW)    for he showed me the wonders of his love(AX)    when I was in a city under siege. 14-18 Desperate, I throw myself on you:    you are my God!Hour by hour I place my days in your hand,    safe from the hands out to get me.Warm me, your servant, with a smile;    save me because you love me.Don’t embarrass me by not showing up;    I’ve given you plenty of notice.Embarrass the wicked, stand them up,    leave them stupidly shaking their heads    as they drift down to hell.Gag those loudmouthed liars    who heckle me, your follower,    with jeers and catcalls.

As you slam the door on those oily, mocking faces, you silence the poisonous gossip.

Jeremiah, whose message was rejected and whose life was often threatened, often borrowed another phrase from the psalm as his motto (Jer. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated.

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Don’t let me down!

I’m leaping and singing in the circle of your love; discard me like a broken dish in the trash. He is rejoicing and glad in the Lord’s lovingkindness (v. 7). Free me from hidden traps; I want to hide in you. that you have stored up for those who fear you. When Faith Passes the Test (Gen. 22:1-19). He also experiences some highs. Get down on my level and listen, and please—no procrastination! God's my island hideaway, keeps danger far from the shore, throws garlands of hosannas around my neck.

Finally, In verse 19, David erupts, “How great is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You, which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, before the sons of men!” Again, in verse 21, “Blessed be the Lord, …” Verse 23, “O love the Lord, all you His godly ones!” Verse 24, “Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.”. From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. He is gracious and may meet you there, if your heart is right. In fact, there is no indication that his circumstances have changed at all. Psalm 31 - For the director of music. The street-talk gossip has me "criminally insane"! If you’re not in a crisis, take the time to sink down roots in the Lord that will enable you to weather the inevitable storms that will come.

David didn’t learn all of that about God suddenly in the middle of this calamity, although he no doubt deepened his knowledge of God through this distress.

Then he gains the victory again.

(BC)    The Lord preserves those who are true to him,(BD)    but the proud he pays back(BE) in full.24 Be strong and take heart,(BF)    all you who hope in the Lord. A Psalm of David. Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 2009, All Rights Reserved. But you heard me say it, you heard and listened. Ha!

Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Let His Word confront your life with sin that needs to be dealt with. As I said last week, if you want to pick one word to describe our modern culture, that word would probably be pressure. 2 Bow down Your ear to me, Deliver me speedily; Be my rock of refuge, A fortress of defense to save me. My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.

Seemingly out of nowhere, David exclaims (v. 6), “I hate those who regard vain idols, but I trust in the Lord.” Why does he say that there? Wherever you look, it seems that terror is staring you in the face. He is a stronghold and fortress (vv.

After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. There is a third element. In the shelter of your presence you hide them from all human intrigues; you keep them safe in your dwelling from accusing tongues. If you dare to suggest that someone under stress trust in God, you will often be met with scorn, even by fellow Christians. To the extent that your emotions go up or down the roller coaster, you must be lacking in your spiritual life. But most significantly, the Lord Jesus had meditated on this psalm so often … Agree/disagree: Being “stressed out” is evidence of a lack of trust in God?

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I’m leaping and singing in the circle of your love; discard me like a broken dish in the trash. Love God, all you saints; God takes care of all who stay close to him, But he pays back in full those arrogant enough to go it alone. But in light of David’s reference to his own sin (v. 10), I’m inclined to agree with Spurgeon that David wrote this psalm in connection with Absalom’s rebellion. Don’t let me down! Stress is a fact of life, especially for the godly. Why? The Message Bible MSG Bible / Bible Versions / MSG; Share Tweet Save. A psalm of David. 31 1-2 I run to you, God; I run for dear life. First, he was feeling shame, as implied by his repeated prayer that he will not be ashamed (vv. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. If you’re already in a crisis and you don’t know God as David did, seek Him like you never have before! But because Joseph trusted in God, he could later say to his brothers, “You meant it for evil against me, but God meant it for good” (Gen. 50:20).