Psalms 31:1 KJV
To the Chief Musician¹.
A Psalm² of David³.
In You, O LORD⁴,
I put my trust⁵;
Let me never⁶ be ashamed⁷;
Deliver me⁸ in Your righteousness⁹.
¹) For the choirmaster — לַמְנַצֵּ֗חַ (lam·naṣ·ṣê·aḥ) — Preposition-l, Article | Verb – Piel – Participle – masculine singular — To glitter from afar, to be eminent, to be permanent
²) A Psalm — מִזְמ֥וֹר (miz·mō·wr) — Noun – masculine singular — Instrumental music, a poem set to notes
³) Of David — לְדָוִֽד׃ (lə·ḏā·wiḏ) — Preposition-l | Noun – proper – masculine singular — David — perhaps ‘beloved one’, a son of Jesse
⁴) O LORD, — יְהוָ֣ה (Yah·weh) — Noun – proper – masculine singular — LORD — the proper name of the God of Israel
⁵) I take refuge — חָ֭סִיתִי (ḥā·sî·ṯî) — Verb – Qal – Perfect – first person common singular — To flee for, protection, to confide in
⁶) Let me never — אַל־ (’al-) — Adverb — Not
⁷) Be put to shame — אֵב֣וֹשָׁה (’ê·ḇō·wō·šāh) — Verb – Qal – Imperfect Cohortative – first person common singular — To pale, to be ashamed, to be disappointed, delayed
⁸) Save me — פַלְּטֵֽנִי׃ (p̄al·lə·ṭê·nî) — Verb – Piel – Imperative – masculine singular | first person common singular — To slip out, escape, to deliver
⁹) By Your righteousness — בְּצִדְקָתְךָ֥ (bə·ṣiḏ·qā·ṯə·ḵā) — Preposition-b | Noun – feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular — Rightness, subjectively, objectively
Berean Study Bible
For the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; save me by Your righteousness.
New King James Version
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. In You, O LORD, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness.
New American Standard Bible
For the music director. A Psalm of David. In You, LORD, I have taken refuge; Let me never be put to shame; In Your righteousness rescue me.
Young’s Literal Translation
To the Overseer. — A Psalm of David. In Thee, O Jehovah, I have trusted, Let me not be ashamed to the age, In Thy righteousness deliver me.
In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust
This is the ground of the petitions which follow; or the reason why the psalmist appeals to God.
It was his firm confidence in Him; in His character; in His promises; in His ability to deliver him in the time of danger.
Do I put my trust
Have I taken refuge. (Cp. Psalms 7:1; 11:1; 16:1; 25:20).
Let me never
Literally: Let me not for ever be ashamed.
Let me never be ashamed
Disappointed and confounded by finding that my trust was vain. (Cp. Psalms 31:17; 25:2; 25:20; 22:5).
In thy righteousness
To desert His servant (Psalm 31:16) would be inconsistent with the LORD’S righteousness.
- When all the clutter is stripped away, what is your real hope?
- When you push aside the diplomas, awards, accolades, and honors, what is the basis of your significance?
- Only one source for hope and only one basis of significance is trustworthy.
- Only One — the LORD God — endures forever!
- Only our Father in heaven guarantees that our life is significant.
So let’s place our hope in the LORD and have him be our refuge!
Thank God for allowing you to place your hope, your future, and your significance in His hands.
Ask God to give you the courage and the confidence to know that He will not let you be put to shame.
Thank God for sharing with you His righteousness on the day you stand in His presence.
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