Who is the man who fears the LORD?
Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
His soul shall abide in well-being,
and his offspring shall inherit the land.
The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him,
and he makes known to them his covenant.
My eyes are ever toward the LORD,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
bring me out of my distresses.
Consider my affliction and my trouble,
and forgive all my sins.
Consider how many are my foes,
and with what violent hatred they hate me.
Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
for I wait for you.
Redeem Israel, O God,
out of all his troubles.
by: Ashea West.
In this Psalm, David was feeling overwhelmed by life: “the troubles of my heart are enlarged” (v.17). Have you ever felt this kind of heaviness in your heart—so that you do not know who else to cry out to but God? Where every aspect of your life seems to be threatened by the enemy and you just need to be rescued before it consumes you? When David felt that way, he cried out to God, because he did not want to be put to shame by the attacks from the enemy. Let us continue to take refuge in God, because He is our safe place, and He will not let the enemy triumph over us.'