You Are My God – Psalm 31

            In this life there will always be times when we feel overwhelmed by circumstances which surround us and over which we have no control. Illness, natural disasters, loss of a job, loss of a loved one, anything can take us to the point where we feel we have no hope, no way out. But David says, “I trust You; You are my God,” and so can we.

            In our weakest moments we can trust in God’s strength. David uses words to describe that strength which can give us confidence that we can trust in Him: rock of refuge, strong fortress (vs 2); the shelter of Your presence (vs 20); my tock and my fortress (vs 3). Paul knew this to be true; “He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) Our strength is in Christ alone.

            David also knew that, with God as his strength, he could rest. “Into Your hands I commit my spirit.” (vs 5) “My times are in Your hands.” (vs 15) “The Lords preserves the faithful.” (vs 23) God would sustain him as long as He gave breath. Our lives are in His hands.

            David knew where to put his trust and hope for deliverance when he was attacked by men. “I trust in the Lord.” (vs 6) “But I trust in You, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’” (vs 14) “Praise be to the Lord, for He showed His wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city.” (vs 21) And he gave God the credit for his rescue. Put your trust in the one who holds the world in His hands.

            So what about me; what about you? Can we still depend on God to be our strength, our rock, our fortress, our rescuer? In verses 23-24, David tells us, “Love the Lord, all His saints! The Lord preserves the faithful, but the proud He pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” Leave it to God. Hope in Him. And say with David, “You are my God!”

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