PSALM 31:15-17: “But I have trusted in You, ADONAI. I said: “You are my God.” My times are in Your hands. Deliver me from the hands of my foes and from those who pursue me. Make Your face shine on Your servant. Save me in Your lovingkindness.” (TLV)
OBSERVATION: The Psalmist declares – “My times are in Your hands.” The word “time” in the Hebrew refers to the current moment, along with the moments to come. It encompasses all of our experiences, all of our fortunes, and every occurrence in our life, whether good or bad. In other words, if our “times” are in His hands, He is holding us firmly throughout every moment of life!
This verse challenged me with respect to my impatience. I confess, it is hard for me to wait. And when I find myself in the waiting periods of life, I am tempted to help God out by moving things along in my own strength. I then take back “my times” which are firmly in God’s hand, and put them back in my hand. I realize this is foolish, and I am learning to walk daily in a more submissive posture to the will and timing of God in my life. When I rush ahead of Him, I find myself breaking down doors prematurely, and this always leads to disappointment. However, when I wait upon Him, I find Him opening doors that lead to life, fulfillment, and peace.
In the midst of his enemies, and in the midst of setbacks, the Psalmist declares his trust in the Lord. He places his life in the Lord’s hands, and trust that God’s favor and lovingkindness will lead him to victory. This needs to become our response when we face difficulty, setbacks, and disappointments. If our times are really in God’s hands we need not push ahead. By trusting in Him, and by waiting upon Him, He will lead us to the place of victory and rest. God is more invested in our fruitfulness than we are! He has created us for His good purpose, and He will fulfill it as we learn to wait upon Him.
As I look forward today in my life, there are yet many unfinished dreams and visions in my heart. I have a choice to make as I sit humbly before His Word. I can push and try to fulfill them in my own strength and timing, or I can place my times in His hand. Faith reminds me that even right now I am eternal. I see this finite life as a time clock, when it is really only a training event. The goal should never to be accomplish everything in this short life, but to learn faithfulness unto the Lord that will carry us into the next. When we stand before Jesus on that final day, it will not be to simply float upon the clouds and play a harp. We will continue to enter into the eternal purpose and destiny that He has planned for our lives.
Our times are in His hand!
- “Now we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified; and those whom He justified, He also glorified. What then shall we say in view of these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:28-31 TLV)
- “To the angel of Messiah’s community in Philadelphia write: “Thus says the Holy One, the True One, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens: I know your deeds. Behold, I have set before you an open door that no one is able to shut—because you have little power, but you have kept My word and have not denied My name.” (The Revelation 3:7-8 TLV)
Lord, help me to release the grip I hold upon the times of my life and freely surrender them into Your mighty and loving hand!
In Jesus Name!