Psalm 31 (NIV)
1In you, O Lord , I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness.
2Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.
3Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
4Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge.
5Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord , the God of truth.
6I hate those who cling to worthless idols; I trust in the Lord .
7I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.
8You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.
9Be merciful to me, O Lord , for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief.
10My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.
11Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors; I am a dread to my friends- those who see me on the street flee from me.
12I am forgotten by them as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery.
13For I hear the slander of many; there is terror on every side; they conspire against me and plot to take my life.
14But I trust in you, O Lord ; I say, "You are my God."
15My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.
16Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.
17Let me not be put to shame, O Lord , for I have cried out to you; but let the wicked be put to shame and lie silent in the grave.
18Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.
19How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.
20In the shelter of your presence you hide them from the intrigues of men; in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues.
21Praise be to the Lord , for he showed his wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city.
22In 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.
23Love the Lord , all his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full.
24Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
Revelation 2:2-5 (NIV)
2I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
3You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
4Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.
5Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)
13For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
14I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Matthew 9:36 (NIV)
36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Isaiah 40:11 (NIV)
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.