07 December 2009

Take Heart!

Psalm 22:14

I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has tuned to wax;
it has melted away within me.

Psalm 31:11, 14-17, 19-24

I am the utter contempt of all my neighbors;
I am a dread to my friends-
those who see me on the street flee from me.

But I trust in you, O Lord,
I say, "You are my God."
My times are in your hands...

Let your face shine on your servant
save me in your unfailing love.
Let me not be put to shame O Lord,
for I have cried out to you...

How great is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you,
which you bestow in the sight of men
on those who take refuge in you.
In the shelter of your presence you hide them
from the intrigues of men;
in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues.

Praise be to the Lord,
for he showed his wonderful love to me
when I was in a besieged city.
In my alarm I said,
"I am cut off from your sight!"
Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.

Love the Lord, all his saints!
The Lord preserves the faithful,
but the proud he pays back in full.
Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.