Psalm 31:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 31:22, NIV: In my alarm I said, 'I am cut off from your sight!' Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.

Psalm 31:22, ESV: I had said in my alarm, “I am cut off from your sight.” But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help.

Psalm 31:22, KJV: For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.

Psalm 31:22, NASB: As for me, I said in my alarm, 'I am cut off from Your eyes'; Nevertheless You heard the sound of my pleadings When I called to You for help.

Psalm 31:22, NLT: In panic I cried out, 'I am cut off from the LORD!' But you heard my cry for mercy and answered my call for help.

Psalm 31:22, CSB: In my alarm I said, "I am cut off from your sight." But you heard the sound of my pleading when I cried to you for help.

What does Psalm 31:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Trusting in God does not make a person completely immune to all fear. Some moments in David's life were extremely dangerous. Among those were being trapped in besieged cities and being pursued by enemies (1 Samuel 23:1–15; 2 Samuel 15—18). David admits that in some of those moments, he was greatly afraid. He wondered if God had abandoned him.

However, no believer is ever left outside of God's watchful care. He even sees the sparrows fall and knows the number of hairs on each believer's head (Matthew 10:29–30). Jesus said, "Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows" (Matthew 10:31). A believer may face what appears to be an impossible situation, but eventually the Lord comes to the rescue.

Pursued by the Egyptians, the Hebrews faced a humanly impossible situation. They were at the edge of the Red Sea and the Egyptian cavalry was bearing down on them. Only the Lord could rescue them, and He did so. He carved a path through the Red Sea so His chosen people could cross safely. When the Egyptians tried to follow, their chariots got stuck and the horsemen drowned (Exodus 14). Facing his humanly impossible situation, David cried out to the Lord for help, and the Lord came to his rescue.