14 But I trust in you, LORD; I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my
enemies, from those who pursue me.
16 Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.
17 Let me not be put to shame, LORD, for I have cried out to you; but let
the wicked be put to shame and be silent in the realm of the dead.
18 Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they
speak arrogantly against the righteous.
19 How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those
who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take
refuge in you.
20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them from all human
intrigues; you keep them safe in your dwelling from accusing tongues.
1. The first half of the psalm (v1-13) described David being pursued
by armies led by King Saul. At times, his situation seemed hopeless,
and he was gripped by despair. Yet David found grace to say,
“I trust in you”(v14) and “my times are in your hands”(v15).
2. This is perhaps the greatest challenge we face when hard-pressed.
We want relief now. We don’t want to wait. Yet our times as well
as we ourselves are in God’s hands. Until God acts, we must find
grace to wait, holding tight to God as our refuge.
3. God is good and we can be sure that He has goodness stored up for
us who fear Him. For now, we are safe. In the future, we will be
4. How would you make this statement, “My times are in your hands”
(v15), a reality in your life? What does it actually mean to you
when faced with troubles and difficulties?
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen
to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer
in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.