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This section of Psalm 31 is both a desperate cry for help and a brave statement of faith.
The first element in this passage to take note of is the author’s (David) obvious distress: “I am dying from grief; my years are shortened by sadness” (vs. 10). This Psalm is not talking about a bad day at the office or an everyday annoyance; this is about real adversity and grief, losing a family member, a business a job etc, something many people in our city can now relate to. It’s an expression to God of the absolute hopelessness and fear David feels in his current situation.
This is perhaps the most important point, David is bringing before God the honest reality of his situation and asking for help. He says “have mercy on me Lord for I am in distress” (vs. 9).
As others around us go through the terrible consequences of this earthquake and we ourselves live with the after effects in our city and our life, the best hope of healing we have is bringing our hurt and reality before God. Pray for those who are in desperate need of a break in their situation, bring your own situation before God and ask for help.
As David enters the second half of the psalm and the end of this passage he beings praising God and declaring his trust in the Lord: “But I am trusting you, O Lord, saying, ”You are my God!” (vs 14). It is an ancient testament of faith; David knows that his situation is always redeemable through the Lord.
What we can take from this passage for our own lives is that no matter our circumstances or the circumstances of those around us, we can take them before the Lord and he can bring comfort and healing. Sometimes all you can do is be honest and ask for help.