Be Gracious to me, Lord for I am in Distress

Psalms 31:9-13 Be gracious to me, Lord for I am in distress and my eyes are dimmed with grief. My enemies scorn me, even my friends avoid me. Like the dead, I have passed out of mind and been forgotten, like something thrown away.

            Now I hear threats from every side, all those conspiring against me and scheming to take my life.

    This is the current situation of the State of Israel, surrounded by enemies and deserted by their friends.

Psalms 31:14-18 But in You, Lord, I put my trust, You are my God, my life is in Your hands. Rescue me from the power of my enemies and those who persecute me. Let Your face shine upon Your servant, save me in Your unfailing love. Let humiliation be for the wicked, let them sink into the pit. May their lies and contempt be silenced and their pride and arrogance be shattered.

    The Lord will answer these requests at the moment the enemies commence their attack. Deuteronomy 32:34-35, Psalm 83:9-18, Revelation 6:12-17

Psalms 31:19-24 How great is Your goodness, stored up for those who fear you. Everyone will see how You shelter them; You will hide them under the cover of Your presence. The Lord will protect the faithful, as He repays the arrogant conspirators in full. Be strong and stout hearted, all you whose hope is in the Lord.

   This is an encouragement for His people, to stay firm in their faith and trust in the Lord’s protection during this terrible time of punishment to His enemies.

Psalms 29:4-5 Sing praises to the Lord, all you His loyal servants, give thanks to His Holy Name. In His anger there is distress, in His favour there is life. Tears may linger at nightfall, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

            Ref: REB. Some verses abridged.