Psalm 31:5 “Into your hands I commit my spirit;”
[These were the words of David in difficulty, and the words of Christ on the cross; they should also be the daily words of every believer. As we commit our spirit to you, Lord Jesus, we are surrendering our life, our future to you, giving you permission to lead our us through whatever you deem best and at the right time to take us out of this world. We can trust you and thank you now for what you will do.]
“redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.”
[A great admission of our need to be purchased back out of the kingdom of darkness.
Because, Lord Jesus, you are the God of truth, we can wholeheartedly run to you, the High and Holy One, the Mighty One who knows and sees all, for you are pure and merciful, righteous and forgiving, just and redeeming. We can trust you, for if you, the Most High, the Final Authority, the Great Judge have declared that all in Christ are forgiven, cleansed, holy and dearly loved, then we are redeemed indeed!]
Psalm 31:6 “I hate those who cling to worthless idols;”
[How about us? how often do I cling to some worthless idol—which is anything I demand to be happy, anything I put ahead of seeking your will and submitting to it. It can be something as simple as wanting a bowl of popcorn so much that I will shut off myself from you in order to have it. And there are many other such idols in my life–whatever I think I need to be happy.
Clinging to idols is looking back into the darkness from whence we were redeemed instead of facing the light of wisdom and goodness and grace that comes from you. Praise you, Lord God, that you expose these idols to us one at a time and help us to let go of and repudiate them so we can live in the light of your truth, declaring with David,
“I trust in the LORD.”
[This is a choice, a willful rejection of all else, including worry, fear, and negative thinking. It is a launching out over the abyss of the future, swinging out on the three-strand cable of Truth, Love and Grace, trusting you to do what is best.
Praise be to you, Lord God, for what you will do today, for how you will watch over us, protect us, equip us, train us, expose us to the battle, help us to stand and fight alongside you while you fight for us. To you belongs all honor, all credit, all glory, all praise. May my life bring you more of each of these today, O Great and Mighty One, my heavenly Father, my Lord Jesus, my Spirit of holiness. Amen.