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Do not let me be ashamed, O LORD Psalm 31:17-20

Do not let me be ashamed, O LORD, for I have called upon You; Let the wicked be ashamed; Let them be silent in the grave. Let the lying lips be put to silence, Which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

Oh, how great is Your goodness, Which You have laid up for those who fear You, Which You have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence From the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion From the strife of tongues.

There is a striking contrast between these two paragraphs: the first is a malediction against lying and insolent lips especially those which speak against the righteous. I suspect that the reference to the righteous is implying the godly.

The second is a paean of praise, an outburst on the part of David. Unobscured, blatant, in your face, no doubt about it praise.

So is the first paragraph! Oh, not so blatant, but still praise. Anytime we stand for our faith and for the goodness of the LORD, God, the Almighty, we are in a state of praise.

Reading

Morning Psalm 144, Noon Psalm 119:113-120, Evening Psalm 83

John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.
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