Readings from the Old Testament / Hebrew Scriptures
We must believe that God is advocating for us.
But I know there is someone in heaven
who will come at last to my defense.
Even after my skin is eaten by disease,
while still in this body I will see God.
I will see him with my own eyes,
and he will not be a stranger.
When we feel abandoned by God, we need to cry with confidence to God to draw near to us.
How much longer will you forget me, LORD?
How much longer will you hide yourself from me?
How long must I endure trouble?
How long will sorrow fill my heart day and night?
How long will my enemies triumph over me?
Look at me, O LORD my God, and answer me.
Restore my strength; don’t let me die.
Don’t let my enemies say, “We have defeated him.”
Don’t let them gloat over my downfall.
I rely on your constant love;
I will be glad, because you will rescue me.
I will sing to you, O LORD,
because you have been good to me.
God will never abandon us, nor forsake us.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
I will fear no one.
The LORD protects me from all danger;
I will never be afraid
I have asked the LORD for one thing;
one thing only do I want:
to live in the LORD’s house all my life,
to marvel there at his goodness,
and to ask for his guidance.
In times of trouble he will shelter me;
he will keep me safe in his Temple
and make me secure on a high rock.
Hear me, LORD, when I call to you!
Be merciful and answer me!
When you said, “Come worship me,”
I answered, “I will come, LORD.”
Don’t hide yourself from me!
Don’t be angry with me;
don’t turn your servant away.
You have been my help;
don’t leave me, don’t abandon me,
O God, my savior.
My father and mother may abandon me,
but the LORD will take care of me.