My Spirit and My Times

Today’s reading is Psalm 31.

“Into your hand I commit my spirit,” David says in Psalm 31:4. That sounds beautiful. I want to do that. But what does it mean? Practically, how do I commit my spirit to the Lord? Perhaps Psalm 31:15 gives us some insight. David also says, “My times are in your hand.” That is, my circumstance, my life events, my days, my nights, my seasons, my weeks, my years. If “my times” are in God’s hands, doesn’t that imply my behavior during those times is in God’s hands? Paul provides a great example of this in 2 Corinthians 12:10. Having become convinced of God’s grace in his life through a thorn in the flesh, he says, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” In other words, “My circumstances are in the Lord’s hands. If He decides to make me sick, if He decides to make me go through a shipwreck, if He decides to put me in prison, if He decides to make me abound in prosperity, I’ll trust Him that He is doing what is right; and I’ll just obey Him no matter what.” Of course, Jesus demonstrates this on the cross. He even quotes it (Luke 23:46). Even if God puts me on a cross. Even if I’m thrown in a fiery furnace or a lion’s den. Even if the fig tree doesn’t blossom, there is no fruit on the vine, the produce of the olive fail, the fields yield no food, the flocks and herds get destroyed, I will rejoice in the Lord (Habakkuk 3:17-18). He’ll get me through. I trust Him. My job will just be to do whatever He says and rejoice in Him no matter what. I know in the end, He’ll work it out for His glory and my good. My spirit and my times are in the Lord’s hands. Praise the Lord!

Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 31.

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A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, did you pick up on David’s interesting contrast about “hands.” He talks about two sets of hands: The Lord’s and the enemies’. In Psalm 31:4, he says to the Lord, “Into your hand I commit my spirit.” In Psalm 31:8, he says, “You have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy.” Then in Psalm 31:15, he says, “My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors.” Here’s the real problem in this choice. We can usually see the hand of our enemy. We usually can’t see the hand of God. This makes it difficult to make the right choice. The hand of the enemy hurts. We may decide to back off from God and submit to the hand of the enemy. In that moment, the hand of the enemy may stop hurting us, but it has still defeated and destroyed us. We just don’t realize it because the immediate pain and discomfort has stopped. God’s hand was holding us up through the attacks of the enemies. However, we couldn’t see it or feel it. We didn’t even know it was happening. Thus, when we’ve slapped God’s hand away, we may not realize we’ve done it. How easy or how hard life is going is not the indication of whose hand we are submitting to. Rather, are we obeying the Lord? That’s the only factor. If we are obeying the Lord, we have put our hand in His. If we aren’t obeying the Lord, we have submitted to the hand of the enemy. Even if life seems easier that way, we have still been smacked down and defeated by the hand of the enemy. Never let go of God’s hand, even when you can’t tell it is holding on to you. I promise you, it is.

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