Psalm 31:14

ESV But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”
NIV But I trust in you, LORD; I say, 'You are my God.'
NASB But as for me, I trust in You, Lord, I say, 'You are my God.'
CSB But I trust in you, Lord; I say, "You are my God."
NLT But I am trusting you, O Lord, saying, 'You are my God!'
KJV But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God.

What does Psalm 31:14 mean?

This verse begins with the word "but," creating contrast with the previous passage. Earlier, David noted his dire circumstances. Enemies plotted to kill him. Friends and neighbors turned their backs (Psalm 31:11–13). Despite physical and emotional pain, conviction of sin, reproach, and rejection, David still trusts in the Lord. Adverse circumstances can come in many forms. Persecution, distress, and a feeling of rejection and aloneness may almost crush a believer, but the Lord will never forsake him. He can say with David, "You are my God." With God on his side, David could feel victorious over every harsh circumstance.

Every believer can feel victorious despite painful situations. Paul explains to the Romans that everything is working for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28–30). Therefore, believers can look forward to victory over the hardest of experiences and exclaim, "in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us" (Romans 8:37). As Paul affirms: "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)
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