1In you, O LORD, do I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me!
2Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily!
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me!
We take refuge in the Lord. Because of HIS righteousness he will deliver us. He listens to us and rescues us.
3For you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me;
4you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
5Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.
Have you ever really thought about why God does things for us?
It is for HIS name's sake HE leads me and guides me. Not for anything that I have done. It is all for him.
6I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols,
but I trust in the LORD.
7I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
because you have seen my affliction;
you have known the distress of my soul,
8and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
you have set my feet in a broad place.
I read these word "I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols" and I think to myself. Do I really hate muslims and hindis, bahais and jehovah witnesses? And I think no... I don't hate them, but I do hate that they worship a false god. That they don't seek deeper. I would wish more for them. Perhaps I am wrong in this, perhaps I should hate them as the psalmist does, but I don't. I just hate the wrongness of what they worship.
But The Lord God is the one that I trust. He can be trusted because his love is steadfast and sure. He sees the distress of my soul and delivers me up.
14But I trust in you, O LORD;
I say, "You are my God."
15My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16Make your face shine on your servant;
save me in your steadfast love!
19Oh, 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!
20In the cover of your presence you hide them
from the plots of men;
you store them in your shelter
from the strife of tongues.
21Blessed be the LORD,
for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
when I was in a besieged city.
22I had said in my alarm,
"I am cut off from your sight."
But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
when I cried to you for help.
23Love the LORD, all you his saints!
The LORD preserves the faithful
but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
24Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the LORD!
This whole Psalm seems to build to this one line "Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!" The Lord God cares for his people. He rescues them from danger. He keeps us from shame. So that we can be strong and of good courage because it is GOD that we trust in.
Pretty cool huh?