18 April 2019 – Psalm 31:5 (NIV)

18 April 2019 – Psalm 31:5 (NIV)

Scripture

Into your hands I commit my spirit;
    deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

Reflection

In the first four verses the psalmist, most likely David, is in some real trouble, like one caught in a net. What is also real is his trust in God; God’s commitment to see justice done and his ability to deliver. When Jesus quotes this verse from the cross, he only quotes the first half, “Into your hands I commit my spirit” The word “your” indicates the intimacy Jesus has with the heavenly Father, the one he calls “Abba”, a name of endearment. He does not ask his Father to deliver him, to save him from the cross. The Father and the Son have something altogether different in mind; the Father will not rescue him from the cross; he will raise him from the dead!  (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God and Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about people?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

ACKNOWLEDGE GOD’S POWER As humans, we can forget that ultimately, God has created the world and is not absent from it but all-powerful in it: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all who live in it.” – Psalm 34.

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Con Loggenberg - Discipleship Director
Con Loggenberg is the Discipleship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of University of Pretoria, South Africa and South African Theological Seminary. He and his Texan wife, and twin boys live in Shanghai, China.