Safe in the Arms of God
Category : General
Psa.31: 5 (KJV)
5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.
Where to lodge a soul for safe keeping, “Into Thine hands”–a banker has a strong room, and a wise man sends his securities and his valuables to the bank and takes an acknowledgment, and goes to bed at night, quite sure that no harm will come to them, and that he will get them when he wants them. And that is exactly what the psalmist does here. He deposits his most precious treasure in the safe custody of One who will take care of it. The great hand is stretched out, and the little soul is put into it.
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 Thine hands I commit my spirit,” as a man standing in the midst of enemies, and bearing some precious treasure in his hand might, with one strong cast of his arm, fling it into the open hand of some mighty helper, and so baulk the enemies of their prey.
David again declares his faith to God, and affirms that he had such high thoughts of His providence, as to cast all his cares upon it. Whoever commits himself into God’s hand and to his guardianship, not only constitutes Him the arbiter of life and death to Him, but also calmly depends on Him for protection amidst all his dangers. The verb is in the future tense, “I will commit,” and it unquestionably denotes a continued act, and is therefore fitly translated into the present tense. It is also to be observed, that no man can possibly commit his life to God with sincerity, but he who considers himself exposed to a thousand deaths, and that his life hangs by a thread, or differs almost nothing from a breath which passes suddenly away. This was the ground or reason why the “psalmist” commended himself to God; this reason was not urged, and could not have been by the Savior, in his dying moments. He committed his departing spirit to God as his Father, and in virtue of the work which he had been appointed to do, and which he was now about finishing, as a Redeemer; we commit our souls to Him in virtue of having been redeemed.
Moreover, we see confidence in committing either his life, as to a faithful Creator and Preserver, who was the God of his life, gave him it, and upheld his soul in it; or his soul, and the eternal salvation of it, which he committed into the hand of the Lord his Redeemer, where he knew it would be safe, and out of whose hands none can pluck; or this he might say, as apprehensive of immediate death, through the danger he was in; and therefore commits his spirit into the hands of God, to whom he knew it belonged, and to whom it returns at death, and dies not with the body, but exists in a separate state, and would be immediately with him. Our Lord Jesus Christ used the same words when he was expiring on the cross, and seems to have taken them from hence, or to refer to these, Lk.23:46
This confidence will likewise make every man forward to discharge his duty with alacrity, and constantly and fearlessly to struggle onward to the end of his course. However, we are have cause to wonder that how does it happen to be that so many are slothful and indifferent, and that others perfidiously forsake their duty or overwhelmed with anxiety? It is because they are terrified at dangers and inconveniences, and leave no room for the operation of the providence of God? Let us cheerfully entrust our souls to God, and feel the sense that we are quite safe in His hands. Are you always doing this?
Have a Great and God filled day!