Psalm 31 Commentary

Psalm 31 Commentary

Jesus Christ is the word of God. We are hearing the LORD Jesus Christ whenever we flip the pages of the holy script. But when the Old Testament directly lifts the actual words of the man Jesus Christ, as recorded in the gospels, we stop and want to check further.

This chapter is home to the very last words of the man Jesus Christ.

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. Luke 23 verse 46.

Many say that the New Testament explains the Old Testament. It should be quite natural to think of it this way. However, the reality is that the script for the Old Testament is written by the New Testament. This chapter existed because of the man Jesus Christ. It sounds wrong to say, David is the son of Jesus. But the understanding is just right. David is acting the realities of the New Testament. It is an interesting movie!

David is fulfilling the realities of the New Testament. Because David is human like us, raw and unpolished, and exposed to the same environment as us, we want to examine this chapter in the light of the realities of the cross.

He has taken refuge in the LORD. He doesn’t want to be exposed to shame. The righteous God must deliver him, and do so quickly. He seeks deliverance from the traps of the enemy. The LORD is a strong fortress, the rock in whose hands David commits his spirit.

This prayer can be repeated by many saints, but only within the context of the Old Testament. What about the realities of the actual world that this psalm represented? Read it in the context of Calvary and you will chock immediately.

The man Jesus Christ has just suffered shame. And the people were right: he believed in God; God didn’t deliver him. He saved others; he could not save himself. The LORD who he claimed always heard his prayers decided not to hear him. He was all by himself. How real, deeply real was the cry: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

At this point, the stricken and forsaken Jesus said: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

We can talk about minor difficulties, comparatively. Is the relationship still there? Can you still address God as your father? Or have the difficulties estranged you from your heavenly father?

You have always believed that God loves you and cannot disappoint you. Well, He just did! So you think. But can you still call God your father? Or have you dropped the title or completely erased His existence from your life?

It appears David’s faith is working shifts. One moment he is seeking deliverance, but in another moment he is declaring that the LORD has delivered him. David is mortal, just like you and me but his faith isn’t doing shifts. Of course, his own battles are less than the battle of Gethsemane and Calvary. Yet we can still learn one crucial lesson from David. It is actually the closing verse of the chapter. “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.”

Regardless, let God be God. Importantly, let God remain your father. And even more importantly, commit your spirit to the care of the El-Shaddai God. There is resurrection, after all.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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