I am being threatened; Lord, come to my aid!
Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint. My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long? … Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help. … You hurled me into the depths; all your waves and breakers swept over me. … The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me. … From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. … I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word.
You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.” You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.” …You are near, Lord, … an ever-present help in trouble. … He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. … As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
The Lord has anointed me to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. … His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
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This verse compilation, originally in the King James’ Version, is from: Anne Graham Lotz. Daily Light for Life’s Moments. In: Daily Light for Every Day. J. Countryman. Nashville, TN. 1998.