Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.
For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away.
I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors, an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.
I have passed out of mind like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel.
For I hear the whispering of many— terror all around!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.
But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.
Food For Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, the Psalmist cries out to the Lord in distress. Think of a time that you have cried out to the Lord. How did you feel? Did you feel like God was listening to your cries? The line that stands out to me is at the end of the passage when the Psalmist says: “I trust in you, O Lord, for you are my God.” Think of how you have placed your trust in God. How do you understand God to be true to God’s promises?
Lord Christ, enable us to turn to you at every moment. So often we forget that your Holy Spirit dwells in us, that you pray in us, that you love in us. Your miracle in us is your trust, and your constant forgiveness. In your holy and precious name we pray, Amen.
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