Psalms for Lent | Free Me From the Trap

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Psalm 31 | Free Me From the Trap

Many churches from all denominations across the globe are entering into the season of Lent to prepare for Easter. Whether you observe LENT or not, it’s a season to prepare afresh to experience the death and resurrection of Christ. It’s a time to examine ourselves in relationship to others, turn from sin afresh, and ready ourselves for action toward the cause of the fatherless, the widow and the orphan.

LENT is a time for worship and mission, and the Imprecatory (songs of injustice), and Lament (songs of grief) Psalms remind us not only to worship the Lord and trust him in our own sin, struggle, and injustice, but to engage and bring the redemption of the gospel to those in need. Enjoy our musical rendition of Psalm 31 that focuses God’s deliverance from our enemies.

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The truth of the matter is, we have three real enemies in this world: ourselves, others and Satan. The Scripture tells us that folly is bound up in us since our birth (we are our own worst enemy),[1] there are enemies in our own places of work and play that want to kill and destroy us (other people),[2] and there is a real spiritual reality to Satan; as he is like a lion that prowls around ready to destroy us in condemnation and conscience.[3]

Whether we readily admit our enemies, or agree that we ourselves can actually be so dangerous to our own happiness, the Bible is clear that without God, we, our neighbor, and the Devil himself seek only to bind us up into traps prepared for our downfall.

The hope is, we have a God who not only saves us from our enemies, but also gives us songs to stay ready and prepared to do battle. Download our Songs of the Forgotten album, and alert yourself to the battle for your soul, and prepare to fight evil by resting in the fact that Christ has already won!!!

PSALM 31 | INTO YOUR HAND I COMMIT MY SPIRIT

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me!
2 Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily!
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me!

3 For you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;
4 you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

6 I hate[a] those who pay regard to worthless idols,
but I trust in the Lord.
7 I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
because you have seen my affliction;
you have known the distress of my soul,
8 and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
you have set my feet in a broad place.

9 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
my eye is wasted from grief;
my soul and my body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
and my bones waste away.

11 Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,
especially to my neighbors,
and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the whispering of many—
terror on every side!—
as they scheme together against me,
as they plot to take my life.

14 But I trust in you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16 Make your face shine on your servant;
save me in your steadfast love!
17 O Lord, let me not be put to shame,
for I call upon you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
let them go silently to Sheol.
18 Let the lying lips be mute,
which speak insolently against the righteous
in pride and contempt.

19 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!
20 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.

21 Blessed be the Lord,
for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
when I was in a besieged city.
22 I had said in my alarm,[b]
“I am cut off from your sight.”
But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
when I cried to you for help.

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

[2] Psalm 22:15

[2] Psalm 63:9

[3] 1 Pt. 5:8

 

Author: Dave Yauk

Dave Yauk is first a foremost a follower of Jesus. He is Husband to Katie, and Father to 4 wonderful children (Naomi, Jesse, Levi, and Analise). Dave's primary passion is to seek after Gods Glory in all things, and in his contribution you'll find he holds a passion for Theology and all things Beautiful as seen in the Creator, Creativity, Character and Culture. Dave has been privileged to do ministry in over 17 countries. This has been his primary means of education and learning as a follower of Jesus. However, Dave has also had the honor of getting a B.A. from Colorado Christian University in Organizational Management and Christian Leadership, a Master's in Divinity from Liberty University, and a Doctorate in Worship Studies from I.W.S. Dave owns the Garden City Project (an online collaborative marketplace for Christian artists and innovators), Finale School of Music, and teaches online guitar for Jamplay.com. He is also a Professor of Theology, Worship and Missiology at Visible Music College and Grand Canyon University.

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