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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #111
Posted: February 26, 2007

PSALM 31:5-8

We began to open this Psalm last week.  We cannot tell from the title when it was written.  We can only tell that it was to be sung publicly.  Many believe Saul has died and David has been crowned King in Hebron.  We looked last week at verses 1-4 which we entitled “The Stanza Of Strength”.

Let us turn our attention to verses 5-8 that we have entitled, “The Stanza Of The Sovereign”.  Our text says, “Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD. I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities; And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room

We find in verse 5 David is committing his spirit into the hands of the LORD.  We call this section, “A Sovereign Redemption”.  This is a powerful statement.  These are the living words of David in hopes that he would not die.  These are also the last words of our Lord with the confidence that He would live forever.  What a great blessing to commit all to our Lord for His keeping.  The Spirit is the crown jewel of all our treasures.  “At all times we should commit our all to Jesus’ sacred care, then though life may hang on a thread, and adversities may multiply as the sands of the sea, our soul shall dwell at ease, and delight itself in a quiet resting place.” (Spurgeon)  Many have used this quote in life as well as death.  Polycarp, Jerome, as well as Luther are but a few to have this statement to be among their last words. 

David speaks of God’s ‘redemption’.  The word ‘redemption’ means to purchase not by payment but by power.  David sets upon the throne because he has surrendered to the rendering power of God.  Christ hangs upon a tree to redeem His people by the power of God.  David calls Him the God of truth.  He is dependable, believable, and a trustworthy God.  He is truly a sovereign to be proud of.

In verse 9 we find “A Sovereign Reliance”.  David testifies of his hatred of God’s enemies.  He takes a stand against the majority and says as for me “…I trust in the LORD.”  Let us proclaim our belief in Him even if the whole world says by their life style and methodology, ‘I am trusting in myself’

Let us turn our attention lastly to verses 7-8 to what I call “A Sovereign Release”.  David in verse 7a moves from the future tense of ‘He will be glad’ to the present tense ‘I rejoice in thy mercy’.

His present dealings assure us of His future dealings.  He changes not.  David is glad over the fact that God has considered him in his troubles and known his soul in adversities.  The word ‘consider’ means to weigh, direct, and fix a boundry so they can come no further.  Though our troubles change our whole outward person, He still knows us. We will never be a stranger to our heavenly Father.

In the prison of our troubles and adversities, David says the  Lord has left the prison doors open.  This open door leads us into a large room of liberty.  We are released into the liberty of God’s free grace. “Blessed be God for His liberty: civil liberty is valuable, religious liberty is precious, but spiritual liberty is priceless.” (Spurgeon)