Hi, David here.
When everything seems to be going wrong in our lives – with our work, our finances, our health or some other situation it is sometimes very hard to keep trusting in God. David’s heart-felt prayer in Psalm 31 is an encouragement to us to cry out to God to rescue us and then to put our trust in him.
David prays, ‘Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue’ (v.2). He goes on, ‘I trust in, rely on, and confidently lean on the Lord’ (v.6).
He says, ‘Into your hands I commit my spirit’ (v.5). These are the ultimate words of trust. These were among the last recorded words of Jesus prior to his death. ‘Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last’ (Luke 23:46).
In Psalm 31 we see the results of God’s love for us shown supremely through the death of Jesus for us.
The Lord is my refuge
The psalm starts with the words, ‘In you, Lord, I have taken refuge’ (Psalm 31:1a). Later he says, ‘Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge’ (v.4). There are many trials, tests, traps and temptations in this life. In all this, the Lord is our refuge.
The Lord is my rock
The psalmist writes, Lord ‘be my rock’ (v.2) and ‘since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me’ (v.3). We can know God’s guiding and leading, by his Spirit. He is our security on which we can depend.
The Lord is my rescuer
He prays, ‘Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue’ (v.2). He goes on to describe how God saw the ‘affliction and … anguish of [his] soul’ (v.7). Yet God did not hand him over to the enemy (v.8). He rescued him and has ‘set [his] feet in a spacious place’ (v.8). In Jesus we receive the ultimate rescue.
This week may you know that you have been rescued from all my your enemies, from shame, traps, affliction and the anguish of your own soul. May you know that Jesus leads and guides you always. May you experience your own rescue and the security of His refuge, in the spacious place.
To The Rescue
Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
a strong fortress to save me.
Since you are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commit my spirit;
deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.
I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
as for me, I trust in the Lord.
I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.
You have not given me into the hands of the enemy
but have set my feet in a
~ Psalm 31: 1-8