Into Your hand I commit My spirit*; You have redeemed Me, O Jehovah, God of truth. Psalm 31:5 Commit: to appoint as a charge to be watched over; to entrust for preservation and safekeeping; and to pledge or engage oneself in active trust. *Words used by Jesus on the cross.
I hate those who regard vain idols, But I trust in the Lord. Psalm 31:6 Be you a man with living principles within; never bow to the varying customs of worldly wisdom. Walk in your path of integrity with steadfast steps, and show that you are invincibly strong in the strength which confidence in God alone can confer. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist
I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness, Because You have seen my affliction; You have known the troubles of my soul, Psalm 31:7 A father's love is commonly with more providence, a mother's with more tenderness; together they better express what either would do alone. So let us rejoice that the abundant love of God towards us is both beyond the care of the most provident father and the affection of the most tender mother. Robert Sanderson
You have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place. Psalm 31:8 Without an escape clause, it would be cruel for God to allow His people to be tempted. God has promised, and the Bible has said, that there is a way to escape temptation. By God’s grace we should want that escape. Francis Schaeffer
Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. Psalm 31:9 Forgive our fev’rish ways! Reclothe us in our rightful mind. John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807-92, American Quaker poet
My life is spent with sorrow And my years with sighing; My strength has failed because of my iniquity, And my body has wasted away. Psalm 31:10 Teach me, O God, not to torture myself, not to make a martyr out of myself through stifling reflection, but rather teach me to breathe deeply in faith. Soren Aabye Kierkegaard, 1813-55
Because of all my adversaries, I (David) have become a reproach, Especially to my neighbors, And an object of dread to my acquaintances; Those who see me in the street flee from me. Psalm 31:11 Avoid making unwarranted assumptions about other people. Instead of adding to their pain we can prayerfully seek ways to encourage them. Omar C. Garcia, Kingsland Baptist Church, Katy, Texas, Lifeway, Explore the Bible, Summer 2008
I am forgotten: gone from memory -- like broken pottery. Psalm 31:12 Don't base your judgments only on your feelings. Build your life on faith. Faith says, "I'm going to trust God no matter what I see, no matter what I think and no matter how I feel." Warren Wiersbe, American pastor and a prolific writer of Christian literature, b.1929
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