Psalm 31 Part 1 of 3

Psalm 31:1-8

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge;

let me never be put to shame;

deliver me in your righteousness.

2 Turn your ear to me,

come quickly to my rescue;

be my rock of refuge,

a strong fortress to save me.

3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,

for the sake of your name lead and gu
ide me.

4 Free me from the trap that is set for me,

for you are my refuge.

5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;

redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.

6 I hate those who cling to worthless idols;

I trust in the Lord.

7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love,

for you saw my affliction

and knew the anguish of my soul.

8 You have not handed me over to the enemy

but have set my feet in a spacious place.

Verses 1-8: Trust God for His Strength

The first 3 verses are quoted in Psalm 71:1-3, which although is an untitled Psalm, was probably written by David.

David affirms his trust in the power of the Lord and asks Him to deliver and defend him on the basis of the Lord’s righteousness.

· As Genesis 18:25 asks, “Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?

· He asks the Lord, in verse 4, to free him from the trap.

Is there anything familiar to you about verse 5?

5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;

redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.

Of course! These are some of the last words before Jesus’ death. Isn’t it amazing that when our Lord was on the cross, in the time of His greatest despair, He’s quoting Scripture.

David goes onto proclaim that he knows the Lord will protect him (verses 6-8) and since he knows of the Lord’s protection, he will be glad and rejoice in the lord of the Lord!

Even when things are going badly, do you rejoice in the love of the Lord?