Psalm 31

For the music leader. A psalm of David.

1 I take refuge in you, LORD. Please never let me be put to shame. Rescue me by your righteousness!
2 Listen closely to me! Deliver me quickly; be a rock that protects me; be a strong fortress that saves me!
3 You are definitely my rock and my fortress. Guide me and lead me for the sake of your good name!
4 Get me out of this net that's been set for me because you are my protective fortress.
5 I entrust my spirit into your hands; you, LORD, God of faithfulness— you have saved me.
6 I hate those who embrace what is completely worthless. I myself trust the LORD.
7 I rejoice and celebrate in your faithful love because you saw my suffering— you were intimately acquainted with my deep distress.
8 You didn't hand me over to the enemy, but set my feet in wide-open spaces.
9 Have mercy on me, LORD, because I'm depressed. My vision fails because of my grief, as do my spirit and my body.
10 My life is consumed with sadness; my years are consumed with groaning. Strength fails me because of my suffering; my bones dry up.
11 I'm a joke to all my enemies, still worse to my neighbors. I scare my friends, and whoever sees me in the street runs away!
12 I am forgotten, like I'm dead, completely out of mind; I am like a piece of pottery, destroyed.
13 Yes, I've heard all the gossiping, terror all around; so many gang up together against me, they plan to take my life!
14 But me? I trust you, LORD! I affirm, "You are my God."
15 My future is in your hands. Don't hand me over to my enemies, to all who are out to get me!
16 Shine your face on your servant; save me by your faithful love!
17 LORD, don't let me be put to shame because I have cried out to you. Let the wicked be put to shame; let them be silenced in death's domain!
18 Let their lying lips be shut up whenever they speak arrogantly against the righteous with pride and contempt!
19 How great is the goodness that you've reserved for those who honor you, that you commit to those who take refuge in you— in the sight of everyone!
20 You hide them in the shelter of your wings, safe from human scheming. You conceal them in a shelter, safe from accusing tongues.
21 Bless the LORD, because he has wondrously revealed his faithful love to me when I was like a city under siege!
22 When I was panicked, I said, "I'm cut off from your eyes!" But you heard my request for mercy when I cried out to you for help.
23 All you who are faithful, love the LORD! The LORD protects those who are loyal, but he pays the proud back to the fullest degree.
24 All you who wait for the LORD, be strong and let your heart take courage.