Psalm 31

In God’s Hands

But I trust in you, LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. Psalm 31:14-16

David wrote, “My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak. Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors and an object of dread to my closest friends—those who see me on the street flee from me” (Psalm 31:10-11). He even cried in alarm that he was cut off from God (31:22).

Anguish, groaning, affliction, and weakness, along with neighbors showing contempt, friends dreading his presence, and people fleeing from him—David could easily have been overwhelmed by such feelings and thoughts. Instead he turned to God: “my times are in your hands; deliver me  … shine your face on me … save me.” He trusted God’s unfailing love.

As Jesus set His face toward Jerusalem a few days before Passover, He knew what faced Him. He was walking into the net His enemies were preparing for Him. He would suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the law. They would condemn him to death and hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked, flogged, and crucified (Matthew 16:21, 20:17-19).

Jesus knew most of His disciples would scatter just as David’s friends had fled (Matthew 26:31). When Jesus bore the sins of the world, He would experience the loneliness of God the Father turning His back on the sin (Matthew 27:46). Even so, Jesus would say as David did, “Into your hands I commit my spirit” (Psalm 31:5; Luke 23:46).

As Jesus faced crucifixion, He also trusted God’s unfailing love. After three days in the tomb, Jesus would rise from the dead. (Matthew 20:19). He knew His death meant new life for us.

Do you know that when you say, “You are my God; my times are in your hands,” that He saves you in His unfailing love? You too will triumph over your enemies and rise again to everlasting life. Are you feeling safe in God’s hands today?

DIG DEEPER:

According to 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 how are we to endure our light and momentary troubles?

What are the promises in Psalm 31? Although His enemies did kill Him, how would these verses have been a comfort to Jesus?

The truths of Psalm 23 must have encouraged David as they have encouraged many others. Read verses 4-6. Do you know how the rod and staff were used? How could they be a comfort?

Nancy J. Baker

This devotion is part of a series: Psalms of the Messiah

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