Into Your Hand I Commit My Spirit 31 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. 1 o In you, O Lord , do I p take refuge; q let me never be put to shame; in your r righteousness deliver me! 2 Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be s a rock of t refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me! 3 For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your u name’s sake you lead me and guide me; 4 you v take me out of w the net they have hidden for me, for you are my x refuge. 5 y Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord , z faithful God. 6 I a hate 1 those who pay b regard to worthless c idols, but I trust in the Lord . 7 I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have d known the distress of my soul, 8 and you have not e delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in f a broad place. 9 Be gracious to me, O Lord , for I am g in distress; h my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also. 10 For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and i my bones waste away. 11 Because of all my adversaries I have become j a reproach, especially to my k neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street l flee from me. 12 I have been m forgotten like one who is dead; I have become like n a broken vessel. 13 For I o hear the whispering of many— terror on every side!— p as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life. 14 But I q trust in you, O Lord ; I say, “You are my God.” 15 My r times are in your hand; s rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! 16 t Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love! 17 O Lord , u let me not be put to shame, for I call upon you; let the wicked be put to shame; let them go v silently to Sheol. 18 Let the lying lips be mute, which w speak x insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt. 19 Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, y in the sight of the children of mankind! 20 In z the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you a store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues. 21 Blessed be the Lord , for he has wondrously b shown his steadfast love to me when I was in c a besieged city. 22 I had said in my d alarm, 1 “I am e cut off from f your sight.” But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help. 23 Love the Lord , all you his g saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly h repays the one who acts in pride. 24 i Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord !
31 1 לַמְנַצֵּ֗חַ מִזְמ֥וֹר לְדָוִֽד ׃ 2 בְּךָ֖ יְהוָ֣ה חָ֭סִיתִי אַל ־ אֵב֣וֹשָׁה לְעוֹלָ֑ם בְּצִדְקָתְךָ֥ פַלְּטֵֽנִי ׃ 3 הַטֵּ֤ה אֵלַ֨י ׀ אָזְנְךָ֮ מְהֵרָ֪ה הַצִּ֫ילֵ֥נִי הֱיֵ֤ה לִ֨י ׀ לְֽצוּר ־ מָ֭עוֹז לְבֵ֥ית מְצוּד֗וֹת לְהוֹשִׁיעֵֽנִי ׃ 4 כִּֽי ־ סַלְעִ֣י וּמְצוּדָתִ֣י אָ֑תָּה וּלְמַ֥עַן שִׁ֝מְךָ֗ תַּֽנְחֵ֥נִי וּֽתְנַהֲלֵֽנִי ׃ 5 תּוֹצִיאֵ֗נִי מֵרֶ֣שֶׁת ז֭וּ טָ֣מְנוּ לִ֑י כִּֽי ־ אַ֝תָּה מָֽעוּזִּֽי ׃ 6 בְּיָדְךָ֮ אַפְקִ֪יד ר֫וּחִ֥י פָּדִ֖יתָה אוֹתִ֥י יְהוָ֗ה אֵ֣ל אֱמֶֽת ׃ 7 שָׂנֵ֗אתִי הַשֹּׁמְרִ֥ים הַבְלֵי ־ שָׁ֑וְא וַ֝אֲנִ֗י אֶל ־ יְהוָ֥ה בָּטָֽחְתִּי ׃ 8 אָגִ֥ילָה וְאֶשְׂמְחָ֗ה בְּחַ֫סְדֶּ֥ךָ אֲשֶׁ֣ר רָ֭אִיתָ אֶת ־ עָנְיִ֑י יָ֝דַ֗עְתָּ בְּצָר֥וֹת נַפְשִֽׁי ׃ 9 וְלֹ֣א הִ֭סְגַּרְתַּנִי בְּיַד ־ אוֹיֵ֑ב הֶֽעֱמַ֖דְתָּ בַמֶּרְחָ֣ב רַגְלָֽי ׃ 10 חָנֵּ֥נִי יְהוָה֮ כִּ֤י צַ֫ר ־ לִ֥י עָשְׁשָׁ֖ה בְכַ֥עַס עֵינִ֗י נַפְשִׁ֥י וּבִטְנִֽי ׃ 11 כִּ֤י כָל֪וּ בְיָג֡וֹן חַיַּי֮ וּשְׁנוֹתַ֪י בַּאֲנָ֫חָ֥ה כָּשַׁ֣ל בַּעֲוֺנִ֣י כֹחִ֑י וַעֲצָמַ֥י עָשֵֽׁשׁוּ ׃ 12 מִכָּל ־ צֹרְרַ֨י הָיִ֪יתִי חֶרְפָּ֡ה וְלִשֲׁכֵנַ֨י ׀ מְאֹד֮ וּפַ֪חַד לִֽמְיֻדָּ֫עָ֥י רֹאַ֥י בַּח֑וּץ נָדְד֥וּ מִמֶּֽנִּי ׃ 13 נִ֭שְׁכַּחְתִּי כְּמֵ֣ת מִלֵּ֑ב הָ֝יִ֗יתִי כִּכְלִ֥י אֹבֵֽד ׃ 14 כִּ֤י שָׁמַ֨עְתִּי ׀ דִּבַּ֥ת רַבִּים֮ מָג֪וֹר מִסָּ֫בִ֥יב בְּהִוָּסְדָ֣ם יַ֣חַד עָלַ֑י לָקַ֖חַת נַפְשִׁ֣י זָמָֽמוּ ׃ 15 וַאֲנִ֤י ׀ עָלֶ֣יךָ בָטַ֣חְתִּי יְהוָ֑ה אָ֝מַ֗רְתִּי אֱלֹהַ֥י אָֽתָּה ׃ 16 בְּיָדְךָ֥ עִתֹּתָ֑י הַצִּ֘ילֵ֤נִי מִיַּד ־ א֝וֹיְבַ֗י וּמֵרֹדְפָֽי ׃ 17 הָאִ֣ירָה פָ֭נֶיךָ עַל ־ עַבְדֶּ֑ךָ ה֖וֹשִׁיעֵ֣נִי בְחַסְדֶּֽךָ ׃ 18 יְֽהוָ֗ה אַל ־ אֵ֭בוֹשָׁה כִּ֣י קְרָאתִ֑יךָ יֵבֹ֥שׁוּ רְ֝שָׁעִ֗ים יִדְּמ֥וּ לִשְׁאֽוֹל ׃ 19 תֵּ֥אָלַ֗מְנָה 1 שִׂפְתֵ֫י שָׁ֥קֶר הַדֹּבְר֖וֹת עַל ־ צַדִּ֥יק עָתָ֗ק בְּגַאֲוָ֥ה וָבֽוּז ׃ 20 מָ֤ה רַֽב ־ טוּבְךָ֮ אֲשֶׁר ־ צָפַ֪נְתָּ לִּֽירֵ֫אֶ֥יךָ פָּ֭עַלְתָּ לַחֹסִ֣ים בָּ֑ךְ נֶ֝֗גֶד בְּנֵ֣י אָדָם 1 ׃ 21 תַּסְתִּירֵ֤ם ׀ בְּסֵ֥תֶר פָּנֶיךָ֮ מֵֽרֻכְסֵ֫י אִ֥ישׁ תִּצְפְּנֵ֥ם בְּסֻכָּ֗ה מֵרִ֥יב לְשֹׁנֽוֹת ׃ 22 בָּר֥וּךְ יְהוָ֑ה כִּ֥י הִפְלִ֘יא חַסְדּ֥וֹ לִ֝֗י בְּעִ֣יר מָצֽוֹר ׃ 23 וַאֲנִ֤י ׀ אָ֘מַ֤רְתִּי בְחָפְזִ֗י נִגְרַזְתִּי֮ מִנֶּ֪גֶד עֵ֫ינֶ֥יךָ אָכֵ֗ן שָׁ֭מַעְתָּ ק֥וֹל תַּחֲנוּנַ֗י בְּשַׁוְּעִ֥י אֵלֶֽיךָ ׃ 24 אֶֽהֱב֥וּ אֶת ־ יְהוָ֗ה כָּֽל ־ חֲסִ֫ידָ֥יו אֱ֭מוּנִים נֹצֵ֣ר יְהוָ֑ה וּמְשַׁלֵּ֥ם עַל ־ יֶ֝֗תֶר עֹשֵׂ֥ה גַאֲוָֽה ׃ 25 חִ֭זְקוּ וְיַאֲמֵ֣ץ לְבַבְכֶ֑ם כָּל ־ הַ֝מְיַחֲלִ֗ים לַיהוָֽה ׃
Into your hand I commit my spirit Intro : The inner battle of faith, between terrible fear and joyful rest. Jesus v5; Jonah v6; Jeremiah v13; and Psalm 71 cf v1-3. Two cycles (v1-8, 9-20) and a conclusion (v21-24); interspersed with raw prayer. Note the three letter words, ' but ' and ' for '. Two times, 'But' I trust in you O LORD'. 1. I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love (v1-8) His actual situation and emotions: Take refuge; never be put to shame ; deliver me; rescue me; be a rock, fortress Appealing to God: in your righteousness; your name's sake 'For': you are my rock and my fortress...you have redeemed me v5 Into your hands I commit my spirit. The posture of true personal faith. v6 ' But ': I trust in the LORD. v7-8: The will. I will rejoice and be glad in your HESED. Application directions: What it really means to 'commit our spirit' to the LORD. How we try to make appearance of this whilst grabbing at control. Look again at the suffering of Jesus. Because he was put to shame, we have the confidence that we never will be. In Jesus we see the steadfast love of the Father in human flesh. FCF. Worthless idols. The desire not to be put to shame drives us to them. We refuse to 'commit our spirit' to God and entrust ourselves to him (especially subtle H2). H1. The old pantheon again. Wealth, success, love. H2. Religious idols as a clutching at control and comfort. Since we don't fear God rightly. 2. How abundant is your goodness! (v9-20) v9 distress again; grief in soul and body. v10 sorrow, sighing, strength fails v11-13 social aspects of this suffering; shame, forgotten, plots v14 ' But ': I trust in you O LORD v15-17 prayer: rescue me, save me, let me not be put to shame ! v19-20 great indicative. Goodness 'stored up' for those who love him. Application directions: Jesus knows the full scope of suffering and shame. The risen Jesus means we have the certainty of goodness stored up. If it ever appears to be hidden, we will receive this goodness later with interest stored up. For those who 'fear' him. What does this mean? 3. Be strong, all you who wait for the LORD! (v21-24) v21 Blessed be the LORD...is he remembering, or adding the conclusion later? v22 honest experience; we may get to a point where we believe we're forgotten, but we find we never are. v23-24 the lesson for us all from the suffering and deliverance of the Messiah: love the LORD! Be strong and let your heart take courage! Application directions: The ascended, ruling Jesus. Still serving us from his throne, interceding, praying, for us. So that we can be strengthened for today as we await his return. God's glory : he stores up goodness for those who FEAR him and take REFUGE in him; he doesn't let his people be put to shame. Person of Jesus. He is our Rock, Refuge. His delight is the fear of the LORD. He shows the steadfast love of the Father. Work of Jesus . He was 'cut off from your sight' (v22); his pleas were not heard. He committed himself to God in his suffering entirely v5. He was put to shame, silenced, went down to sheol. Union with Jesus. Learning to entrust myself to God. Learning to fear him rightly, and thus trust and be wowed by his abundant goodness. Invitation . Come and take refuge in God, entrust yourself to him. 'Seek first his kingdom'. Confrontation . Put away worthless idols. Consolation . You will not be put to shame. You will see and enjoy the Father's goodness, stored up with interest. Wrap-up : The inner battle of faith, between terrible fear and joyful rest. Let us be fluent in the three letter words 'but' and 'for'. We fear terrible abandonment and shame and loss of control, but Jesus died and rose and now lives to give full assurance of the Father's love and delight in us in Christ.