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It is probable that David penned this psalm when he was persecuted by Saul; some passages in it agree particularly to the narrow escapes he had, at Keilah (1 Sa. 23:13 ), then in the wilderness of Maon, when Saul marched on one side of the hill and he on the other, and, soon after, in the cave in the wilderness of En-gedi; but that it was penned upon any of those occasions we are not told. It is a mixture of prayers, and praises, and professions of confidence in God, all which do well together and are helpful to one another.

Psalm 31

1 In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame;

    deliver me in your righteousness.

Turn your ear to me,

    come quickly to my rescue;

be my rock of refuge,

    a strong fortress to save me.

Since you are my rock and my fortress,

    for the sake of your name lead and guide me.

Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,

    for you are my refuge.

Into your hands I commit my spirit;

    deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

I hate those who cling to worthless idols;

    as for me, I trust in the Lord.

I will be glad and rejoice in your love,

    for you saw my affliction

    and knew the anguish of my soul.

You have not given me into the hands of the enemy

    but have set my feet in a spacious place.

As we draw to the end of  the year, it is time we lay away all those things that worry us about what other people think. I once has a close spiritual advisor say, “It’s not your business what other people think of you.”  Ready yourself for a new page.

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