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Read Psalm 31:9-16

Monday

Read Psalm 31:9-16

Be merciful to me, Lord,
   for I am in trouble;
my eyes are tired from so much crying;
   I am completely worn out.
10 I am exhausted by sorrow,
   and weeping has shortened my life.
I am weak from all my troubles;[a]
   even my bones are wasting away.

11 All my enemies, and especially my neighbors,
   treat me with contempt.
Those who know me are afraid of me;
   when they see me in the street, they run away.
12 Everyone has forgotten me, as though I were dead;
   I am like something thrown away.
13 I hear many enemies whispering;
   terror is all around me.
They are making plans against me,
   plotting to kill me.

14 But my trust is in you, O Lord;
   you are my God.
15 I am always in your care;
   save me from my enemies,
   from those who persecute me.
16 Look on your servant with kindness;
   save me in your constant love.

Footnotes:
Psalm 31:10 Some ancient translations troubles; Hebrew iniquity.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

Sometimes we choose to live in verses 9-13.  When we focus only on the people around us - on the opinions of others - on our 'self' all we can know is that we are fragile and frail.
We can choose to turn our eyes towards verses 14-16:  Learning to trust, to be cared for and to be loved by God.

Pray

Lord help me to choose to know what you have to think and say about me.


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