Theme : In times of stress ,depending on God requires complete commitment.
Ps 31:1 David called on the Lord to deliver him. He wanted God to stop those who were unjustly causing trouble. Therefore, David made his request based upon what he knew of God`s name and character. Because God is righteous and loving, He desires to deliver His people.
Ps 31:1-6 We say we have faith in God, but do we really trust Him? David’s words “I entrust my spirit into your hand” convey his complete trust in God. Jesus used this phrase as He was dying on the cross, showing His absolute dependence on God the Father.(Luke 23 :46). Stephen repeated these words as he was being stoned to death (Acts 7:59), confident that in death he was simply passing from God`s earthly care to God`s eternal care. We should commit our possessions, our families, and foremost we should commit ourselves completely to Him.
Ps 31: 6 “Idol worship” _ Obviously a person who clings to idols cannot commit his spirit into God`s hands. When we put today`s intoxicating idols (wealth, prosperity, power, possessions and people) first in our lives, we cannot expect God`s Spirit to guide us .God is our highest authority and requires our first allegiance. David describes his feelings of helplessness, despair and rejection. But adversity is easier to accept when we recognize our true relationship with the Sovereign God.
Ps 31:14 -15 “My future is in Your hands ” Here David is expressing his belief that all of life’s circumstances are under God`s control. Knowing that God loves us and cares for us enables us to keep steady in our faith regardless of our circumstances .It keeps us from sinning foolishly by taking matters into our own hands or resenting God`s timetable.
This is a reminder of how easy it is to drift away from God and fall into sin and what is needed to re-establish and restore that fellowship. Our trust in God should overflow into exuberant praise. Finding strength in the battle, as by faith, we take refuge in the Lord; our Sovereign, personal Lord. “When your heart is full of Christ, you want to sing”( Spurgeon).
My prayer is that the Lord will help us to see that trusting in Him is the most practical ,time-proven way to deal with stress in this world. Spending time alone with Him and His Word, feeding our souls, rooting ourselves firmly, will enable us to weather the inevitable storms that will come our way!