“My times are in your hand; ” (Ps. 31:15a)
In this verse, David acknowledges God’s sovereign plan and purpose for his life. He is confident in God’s plan.
From where does David’s confidence arise?
David’s confidence stems from his knowledge that God is in control. As a result, he rests in the Lord and places his trust in Him, recognizing that God is for him, “You are my God”, he says (Ps 31:14). He further trusts in Him because he knows God is a God of “steadfast love” (Ps 31:16), who will not allow him to “be put to shame” (Ps. 31:17). The Lord is good and gracious, extending His goodness to those who fear and take refuge in Him (Ps. 31:19).
The remarkable thing about David’s pronouncement is that it is made during a time of great need. He was despised, defamed, and persecuted when he penned these words.
Can we say the same?
I wonder if we can say the say, even during time of abundance and peace? Do we recognize that our times are in God’s hands? Do we trust Him to deliver and rescue us from our enemies? Do we recognize His steadfast love, goodness, and abundant mercies? Is God our refuge, whom we love and praise, even when our enemies are surrounding us?
Love the Lord, all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord! (Ps. 31:23-24)
Question for Reflection
- Do you trust in the all-sovereign Lord?