Daily Devotion 22nd July

1 O my God, show mercy to me;
men would take my life away.
Hostile forces press upon me;
they pursue me all the day.

2 Slanderers are close behind me;
they pursue me all day long.
In their arrogance they hound me;
they are numerous and strong.

3 When I am afraid, I’ll trust you.
4 I will praise your faithful word;
I will trust and not be fearful.
What can man do to me, Lord?

5 All day long they plot to harm me,
twisting everything I say.
6 They conspire, they lurk, they trail me,
keen to take my life away.

7 Let them not escape your anger;
bring the nations down, O Lord.
8 In your book write my entreaties;
in your scroll my tears record.

9 When I call on you to help me,
then my foes will turn aside;
This is how I will be certain
that my God is on my side.

10 In the LORD, whose word I honour,
in my God—I praise his word—
11 I will trust and not be fearful.
What can man do to me, Lord?

12 I have taken vows before you;
to my God I will be true.
Sacrifices of thanksgiving
I will gladly give to you.

13 For you kept my feet from stumbling,
and from death you set me free,
So that I may walk before you
and the light of life may see.

You can hear a Free Church of Scotland congregation sing this, from v3, here