Text: “Into Thine hand I commit my spirit; Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.”
Good morning, securely redeemed Christian! You and I - and all those whom have likewise been quickened by God the Spirit, granted faith to believe; called by God with His ‘effectual call’ to Salvation in Christ Jesus - are Eternally redeemed by His Blood. Hallelujah! The Lord God has, in His Sovereign grace, given us life Eternal - not some transient claim to temporal life - and thus, we can rest in full assurance that we are securely saved. Wow! What a Saviour we have in Christ Jesus! We can commit our spirits into His safe keeping, and rest forever in His full redemption. Thank you, Lord God. All glory to Thy Holy and gracious Name! Amen.
“For ye KNOW that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation (entire lifestyle) received by tradition from your fathers (religion); but with the precious Blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot…being born, again not of corruptible seed (biological sperm), but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.” (1 Peter 1:18-23)
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
One can clearly see the theme of ‘reverent reasoning’ continuing throughout the verses of this wonderful Psalm 31 - in our verse text today we find David reverently reasoning with his Lord God Jehovah.
Perhaps, if one reverses the order of the lines of verse 5, one might more clearly understand this reverent reasoning process?
Verse 5b. “…Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. In this latter section of verse 5, we find David stating the certain fact of his faith and trust in God. He boldly declares his heart’s belief that the Lord God of all truth, Almighty Jehovah, has redeemed, ‘bought back’; ‘ransomed’; ‘paid the full ransom price’, to buy back his soul/spirit from sin’s grip and sin’s eventual destination, Hell. Therefore, he reverently reasons that, IF the Lord God has so redeemed him, by faith in the shed Blood of His coming Christ, then he can confidently commit his spirit/soul into God’s hand.
Verse 5a. “Into Thine hand I commit my spirit. David’s theology is sound and clear. He believed God’s record contained in the Book of Genesis, and thus reasoned from his knowledge of that record, trusting in the Author of it with all his heart.
“ And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breathe of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7)
How could David trust his very spirit/soul into God’s hand? Because he fully believed that the Lord God of truth had indeed ’…redeemed…’ him and made him worthy to go to Heaven to be with him when God saw fit to take him Home.
God had given mankind a ‘living soul…’ in the first place, so David reasoned correctly that his soul was not his own possession, but was a possession of God given to mankind, through mankind’s representative head, Adam.
He also believed that his God-given soul and his Spirit-quickened spirit were constituents of sinful man that were so closely entwined that only the ‘Two-edged Sword of the Spirit’ could separate them. Thus, when David ‘committed’ his ‘spirit’ into God’s faithful hand, he was committing his soul into God’s hand also. Hallelujah!
“For the Word of God is quick (alive) and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged Sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
David was reverently reasoning that he could commit his very spirit into God’s Omnipotent hand with confidence, knowing that this same One true and faithful Lord God had redeemed him and thus made it possible for his spirit/soul to return unto Him securely. His confidence was firmly based on his knowledge of God’s great truth.
“Sanctify them (the elect) through Thy truth: Thy Word IS truth.” (John 17:17)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word WAS God…all things were made by Him (Christ Jesus); and without Him was not any thing made that was made…and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-14)
Verse 5. “Into Thine hand I commit my spirit. These living words of David were our Lord’s dying words and have been frequently used by holy men in their hour of departure. Be assured that they are good, choice, wise, and solemn words; we may use them now and in the last tremendous hour.” (C.H. Spurgeon 1834-1892)
Thought: “These words were the last words of Polycarp, of Bernard, of Huss, of Jerome of Prague, of Luther, Melanchton, and many others…‘Into Thine hands I commit my spirit’” (J.J. Stewart Perowne 1868) They were all faith-filled ‘reverent reasoners‘ with God - and examples to you and to me.