He Puts Me in that Safe Place – Psalm 31

God knows the distress of my soul. This is the line in Psalm 31 that catches my attention now when my heart is hungry to hear it. He knows and sees where I’m hurting, and he puts me in a secure place. The cause of my gladness and rejoicing – he loves, he sees, he knows, and he hasn’t given me away.

“I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul, and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy. You have set my feet in a broad place” (Psalm 31:7-9 ESV).

Thank you, Lord!

In the following verses the concept of shelter from plots and the strife of tongues is remarkable to me. Wouldn’t we all like to stay in that place?

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“Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men, you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues” (verses 19-20).

Psalm 31 ends with a sweet admonition.

“Love the Lord, all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!” (verses 23-24). 

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

He Hears – Psalm 5

I always want something. I hope for what I don’t have. I hunger for a need to be met. I long for resolution of something that concerns me. Have you noticed this – your eyes wandering, searching for something more? It’s like my soul is never completely satisfied.

That’s when I quiet my mind so I can focus on what it is I’m truly longing for, and that is I want to know God hears me.

“Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation” (Psalms 5:1-3 NIV).

I want to know he hears me, that he’s close to me and listening. I love that the psalmist asks the Lord, his King and his God to whom he prays, to not only hear his words but his sighs and his cries for help as well. God hears even when there may be no words.

He is with me and he hears me, so there is nothing to fear. I will wait patiently for him.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis