O Lord, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced. Save me, for you do what is right. Turn your ear to listen to me; rescue me quickly. Be my rock of protection, a fortress where I will be safe. You are my rock and my fortress. For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger. Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me, for I find protection in you alone. I entrust my spirit into your hand. Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God. I hate those who worship worthless idols. I trust in the Lord. I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul.
David made this desperate plea based on what he knew of God’s name or character. Because God is righteous and loving, he loves to deliver his people.
We say we have faith in God, but do we really trust him when we’re in a tight spot? David’s words, “I entrust my spirit into your hand” (Psalm 31:5) convey his complete trust in God. Jesus used this phrase while dying on the cross, thus showing his absolute dependence on God the Father (Luke 23:46). Stephen repeated these words while being stoned to death (Acts 7:59), confident that he was simply passing from God’s earthly care to God’s eternal care.
Why did David suddenly bring up the subject of idol worship (Psalm 31:6)? He wanted to contrast his total devotion to God with the diluted worship offered by many Israelites. Pagan religious rituals were never completely banished from Israel and Judah, despite the efforts of David and a few other kings. Obviously a person who clung to idols could not commit his spirit into God’s hands.
When we put today’s idols (wealth, material possessions, success, relationships) first in our lives, we cannot expect God’s Spirit to guide us. God is our highest authority and requires our first allegiance. We can commit our possessions, our families, and our vocations to God. But first and foremost, we need to commit ourselves completely to him. Take time to voice your commitment to God.