Psalm 31:10 - Consequences of Sin and God's Provision.
Psalm 31:10; Consequences of Sin and God's Provision.
Psalm 31:10 (KJV) For my life is spent with grief, and my years
with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my
bones are consumed.
Psalm 31:9 (TLB) O Lord, have mercy on me in my anguish. My
eyes are red from weeping; my health is broken from sorrow. I am
pining away with grief; my years are shortened, drained away because of
sadness. My sins have sapped my strength; I stoop with sorrow and with
A Prayer of Faith in Troubled Times
Into Your Hand I Commit My Spirit (31:1-24)
Psalm 71:9 (KJV) Cast me not off in the time of old age;
forsake me not when my strength faileth.
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION
To David God is a stronghold (Ps. 27), a rock and fortress (Ps.
31). [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
Our Rock and Fortress. In powerful images David invited us to
find shelter in God's presence. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
David was pursued as an enemy by armies led by his
father-in-law, King Saul. At times his situation seemed hopeless, and David was
gripped by a despair that he expressed in verses 9-12. Yet, envisioning
God as his fortress, David found grace to say, "I trust in You,"
and, "My times are in Your hands." This is perhaps the greatest
challenge we face when hard-pressed. We want relief now. We don't want to
wait. We hate the pressure of our present need. Yet our times as well
as we ourselves are in God's hands. Until God acts, we must find
grace to wait, holding tight to God as our refuge. [The 365-Day
In no psalm is trust shown to be more serene than in this
lament. The strength of God was a refuge for the psalmist, so he
confidently committed his spirit to the Lord. He based his confidence in
God's strong love. His answer came, and he praised God in the
traditional thanksgiving form (vv. 21-24). All saints can gain confidence in
prayer from this encouraging example. [Disciple SB]
Psalm 31:24 (KJV) Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen
your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.