Lent 39 - Psalm Saturday

Psalm 31:9-16

We are presented with another two beautiful Psalm readings this week. The first is this extract from Psalm 31.

In this Psalm, David cries out to God in a time of distress. Perhaps, if you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed about a personal situation, or the situation in our country or the world at the moment, you can declare these words with David today.

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;
my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
my soul and body with grief.
My life is consumed by anguish
and my years by groaning;
my strength fails because of my affliction,
and my bones grow weak.
Because of all my enemies,
I am the utter contempt of my neighbours
and an object of dread to my closest friends—
those who see me on the street flee from me.
I am forgotten as though I were dead;
I have become like broken pottery.
For I hear many whispering,
“Terror on every side!”
They conspire against me
and plot to take my life.

But I trust in you, Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hands;
deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
from those who pursue me.
Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your unfailing love.

Prayer: Creator God, You hold the whole world in Your loving hands. The world has been devastated by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. I have often felt overwhelmed and in distress. But I trust in you, Lord. You are my God. Let Your light shine on Your servant; save me in Your unfailing love. Amen.

Image Source: Aaron Burden


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