Daily Bible Reading Devotional [Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16]-May 9, 2017


Scripture Reading(s)

Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

31:1 In you, O LORD, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me.

31:2 Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.

31:3 You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,

31:4 take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge.

31:5 Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.

31:15 My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.

31:16 Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.


Lydia.jpgIn connection to yesterday’s devotional, we are once again met with the challenge of the Christian being faced with danger. This Psalm is a praying that is reflecting the faithful heart of one who truly trusts in God’s ability to protect and be a source of refuge. The Psalmist is completely surrendering his fears and worries and is acknowledging that despite the hard situation, God is powerful enough to handle it.

Fear and worry are emotions that blind us from seeing God’s hand at work in our lives. When a troubling situation arises, the natural reaction is to be overcome with dread and anxiety instead of trusting the one who can help us overcome any obstacle we face. This Psalm also speaks to the fact that our “times are in your hand”. Meaning every single second of life is under the control of an all powerful and loving God.

When you begin to be faced with worry and doubt, recall all the times in your life where God has been faithful. Keep trusting in His ability to take on a hard situation and overcome what we think is the impossible. God’s love for us is what fuels Him to keep on showering us with His protective hand and there is nothing that thwart Him from giving us the strength that we need to keep on going. Make this Psalm your prayer today and use it in your battle against anxiety and allow for God to give you the victory and means to persevere.


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