Psalm 31:9 Be gracious to me, Yahveh, because I am in distress; my eyes, my throat and my belly are worn out from frustration.
Psalm 31:10 Indeed, my life disappears with grief and my years with groaning; my strength has failed because of my violation, and my bones waste away.
Psalm 31:11 I am ridiculed by all my adversaries and even by my neighbors. I am dreaded by my acquaintances; those who see me in the street run from me.
Psalm 31:12 I am forgotten: gone from memory like a dead person– like broken pottery.
Psalm 31:13 I have heard the gossip of many; terror is on every side. When they conspired against me, they plotted to take my soul.
like broken pottery
Physically, he is a wreck. Mentally, you could say he is paranoid, except that everyone is really conspiring against him. Those who do not deride him are careful to avoid him. He has committed a great sin – a violation – so the people who once respected him now just wish he would go away. He has gone away – inside, and his outsides (eyes, throat, belly, bones) are wearing out in frustration.
There are men and women all around us who are experiencing this kind of ordeal. They may have hearts like poets. But their vessels are ruined. They feel like broken pottery.
Such people need God’s help. It would also be a good idea if God’s people could look beyond their current condition and show them some respect and concern.
Lord, help us to remember those who are forgotten – to love them back to life again.