“1 To you, O LORD, I call;
my rock, do not refuse to hear me,
for if you are silent to me,
I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
2 Hear the voice of my supplication,
as I cry to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
toward your most holy sanctuary.
3 Do not drag me away with the wicked,
with those who are workers of evil,
who speak peace with their neighbors,
while mischief is in their hearts.
4 Repay them according to their work,
and according to the evil of their deeds;
repay them according to the work of their hands;
render them their due reward.
5 Because they do not regard the works of the LORD,
or the work of his hands,
he will break them down and build them up no more.
6 Blessed be the LORD,
for he has heard the sound of my pleadings.
7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped, and my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.
8 The LORD is the strength of his people;
he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
9 O save your people, and bless your heritage;
be their shepherd, and carry them forever. NRSV
One of the time-honored gifts of the Psalms is how they reveal the depth of faith and the personal nature of the Psalmist’s relationship to God. They are sometimes emotionally raw, quite often poetic, always heartfelt. They can break your heart with the sadness expressed or cause your spirit to soar with the hope and joy at the trust the Psalmist has in God.
Read aloud this Psalm several times. Listen carefully for God’s message to you. It may be only a word or phrase or it may trigger a new thought or raise a question God wants you to reflect upon. The message can come in a multitude of ways….if we just…listen to God.
Be a blessing to someone today!