Safe In God’s Hand
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Psalm 31: 5 (KJV)
5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
This psalm is the heart-cry of a man in great trouble, surrounded by all sorts of difficulties, with his very life threatened. He was down in the very depths of darkness, and ringed about by all sorts of enemies at that moment.
“Into thy hands I commend my spirit; for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.” Here the psalmist is saying, I give my soul to thee, for it is thine: thou hast redeemed it by thy blood; it is safe nowhere but in thy hand. Thou hast promised to save them that trust in thee; thou art the God of truth, and canst not deny thyself. However, we see that these words are particularly sanctified, or set apart for this purpose, by the use made of them by our blessed Lord just when He was on the cross and before He died; (“And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, ‘Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit,'” Luke 23:46.)
What David may have understood by these word it may not be easy to determine with certainty; but there is no reason to doubt that he may have used it as expressive of the idea that he had been recovered from the ruin of the fall, and from the dominion of sin, and had been made a child of God. Nor do we need to doubt that he had such views of the way of salvation that he would feel that he was redeemed only by an atonement, or by the shedding of blood for his sins. However, to all who are Christians it is enough to authorize them to use this language in the midst of troubles and dangers, and in the hour of death, that they have been redeemed by the blood of the Savior; to none of us is there any other safe ground of trust and confidence in the hour of death than the fact that Christ has died for sin, and that we have evidence that we are interested in his blood.
Christ has redeemed us, and therefore we belong to Him. So, every day, we should go to Him with this declaration, “Into Thine hand I commit my spirit.” Not only every day, but all through the day. I would advise you to do this every time you walk down the street, or even while you sit in your own house. As Christians, we must desire that which David so desired–that the Lord God should receive his spirit. It is a blessed thing to lay ourselves in the hands of God, but the New Testament tells us, ‘It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.’ The alternative is one that we all have to face, either ‘into Thy hands I commit my spirit,’ or into those hands to fall. Let us settle which of the two is to be our fate. Let us cheerfully entrust our souls to God, and feel that they are quite safe in His hands. Are you always doing this?
Have a Great and God filled Day