My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. ~Psalm 31:15
Have you ever been involved in a life-and-death situation where your ultimate fate was in someone else’s hands and you said, “I’m putting my life into your hands”? This is absolute trust. It is when your input, ideas, and know-how are useless, and only the person who is stronger and more knowledgeable can get you through your situation. David was at the end of his rope and all the hope he had was in the Lord. Let us see how Psalm 31 is a valuable lesson to us on how to have absolute faith in God by placing our fate into his hands.
We see David in his despair.
“Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly. For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.” David uses very descriptive language to describe his despair. He speaks of being in trouble, consumed with grief, filled with sighing, his strength failing, slandered, forgotten as a dead man, and like a broken vessel. David was a nervous wreck! David had sleepless nights! David thought he was going to die at any moment! He was at the end of his rope and backed into a corner. He did not have any friends he could turn to or anywhere to hide. He was facing the ultimate in despair.
We see David in his dependence.
“My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.” David is at the place where God wanted him to be at. He was at the place of complete faith, trust, and dependence upon God. He refers to his trust in the Lord four times. David did his best praying during this time. His praying reflected that he needed God’s help. Absolute trust is when we let go of our scheming and say to God, “My times are in thine hand.” He knew God would make a way for him. He was at the place where he trusted in God for his sojourn, his safety, and his strength.
We see David and his deliverance.
“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” David’s prayers were answered! God kept him safe. God kept the enemy away from him. God encouraged him in spite of the many lies and evil things said about him. God gave him peace in the midst of his storm. David realized that God was with him the entire time. His fear was replaced with faith. His trial was met with trust. His consternation was overcome by confidence. David was delivered!
We see David and his discovery.
David discovered that God is good all the time, and all the time God is good! David discovered that it is a good thing to place his times into the hands of God. He realized that God answered his prayers in God’s time and not according to David’s time. He discovered that the enemy might draw close, but the enemy could not touch him. He discovered God’s love for him in a much larger way. He learned that he was never forsaken by the Lord. He realized that God used this situation for David to be an encouragement to other believers going through a similar circumstance.
Will you say like David, “My times are in thine hands?” It takes absolute faith to do so, but in the end, it is rewarding to know that God never fails us when we do.
Have a trust-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Corinthians 1-4