But you, O Lord, do not be far away! O my help, come quickly to my aid!
Deliver my soul from the sword, my life from the power of the dog!
Save me from the mouth of the lion! From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.
I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him.
From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord. May your hearts live forever!
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.
For dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.
Food For Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, the Psalmist talks about crying out to God and God responding. When have you cried out to God and received a response? When have you cried out and felt that God was silent? How did those experiences feel?
O God, you set us free in Jesus Christ
with a power greater than all that would keep us captive.
Grant that we might live gracefully in our freedom
without selfishness or arrogance,
and through love become slaves
to the freedom of the gospel
for the sake of your reign. Amen.
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