If my times are in God’s hand, no man can do me harm unless God permit. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. “My times are in your hands.” Psalm 31:15. IN YAHWEH I TAKE REFUGE For the Chief Musician. It is in Proverbs 31:25 that we hear the well known phrase "she is clothed with strength and dignity". The way of the Christian is often very difficult, and it would often be appalling, and life itself would be mournful were it not for the many consolations to which the pious mind may resort. By no means do we deny, that the doctrine of a particular Providence does give to the Divine administration an aspect of overwhelming complexity. Second only to the interest of that view of God as the Author of salvation through Christ, is this which ascribes to Him the presidency over all human affairs. 1 In you, Yahweh, I take refuge. 1999. This sense of dependence should keep us in the attitude of prayer. If God thus encircles us by the agencies of His providential power and grace, then (1) we ought to feel our dependence on God, not on man, not on the best-laid plans. My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me. It is said that the devil hath “the power of death.” But this cannot mean natural death, for had he power over that, he would never suffer a bad man to live till he was converted, nor a good man afterwards. The time of my life, how long I shall live. As “there is a time to be born,--so there is a time to die.” David takes the range of the whole,--and instead of planning for God, or deeming himself at the mercy of his enemies, he said, “My times are in Thy hand.” Thus he met the storm which tried his faith, and the recollection of his so doing was grateful to his feelings, and subservient to communion with his everlasting friend when fresh trials occurred. ].” “Neither the arrow that flieth by day, nor the pestilence that walketh in darkness, can hurt us. The times of man are numerous and diversified;--he has times of sorrow, of trial, of affliction. Robson.). II. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-31.html. 1. 2. Popularity relative to other verses in Psalm chapter 31 using average monthly Google searches. Not only are we ourselves in the hand of the Lord, but all that surrounds us. Fret and worry put it out of our power to act wisely; but if we can leave everything with God because everything is really in His hand, we shall be peaceful, and our action will be deliberate; and for that very reason it will be more likely to be wise. (J. "Commentary on Psalms 31:15". 2. Times of change of situation, condition, and calling in life; of removal from one place of residence to another; of losses, disappointments, and failures in business; of fraud, injustice, and oppression from men; of adversity, poverty and privations;--are especially trying to men’s principles. It was His to give life; His to preserve it; His to take it away. ].” Even the falling of a hair of our head, trifling as it is, takes not place but by his appointment [Note: Matthew 10:30.]. 1. The ultimate results of His work of grace upon us, and of His education of us in this life, are in the highest hand. II. Let us therefore contentedly leave ourselves to his all-wise disposal, assured that “he doeth all things well,” and will make “all things to work together for good to them that love him.”]. God fixes the bounds of every one’s habitation and determines his lot. The Christian sees in all the hand of God, and submits; the other feels the stroke hardly knowing whence it comes. The meaning is, that all that pertained to him was under the control and at the disposal of God. To Him we may safely commit ourselves, and all our concerns, as to One who is best qualified, both to direct the incidents proper to happen to us in this world, and to judge of the time when it is fit for us to be removed from it. ],” and trust in him for protection. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 31:15". In the sanctuary, the family, the closet. (Psalm 31:19) It … And here observe how David riseth in his requests; he laid the covenant for a foundation, and then he well knew he might be bold to ask anything. 2. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/psalms-31.html. 1801-1803. Psalm 31 Meaning Psalm 31 14 15 Commentary 14 But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God. In this respect, especially, “none of us liveth to himself,” etc. ]: the skill of physicians, however useful when attended with his blessing, is of no avail [Note: Mark 5:26.]. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. The creeping of an aphis upon a rosebud is as surely arranged by the decree of Providence as the march of a pestilence through a nation. Are in thy hand, i.e. In you, O L ord, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me. Psalm 31:15, NASB: "My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me." 1865-1868. Recollection will readily present to us a busy period, filled up with a mixture of business and amusement, of anxieties and cares, of joys and sorrows. 7. speaking arrogantly, Ps. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/psalms-31.html. "Commentary on Psalms 31:15". A psalm of David. or forget [Note: Daniel 6:22.] (30:2) How near it brings God to us, and us to God. We shall not die before our time, neither shall we be forgotten and left upon the stage too long. 15  My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. BibliographyGill, John. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. When these difficulties have been passed, in whatever manner, with whatever difficulty, the end comes. II. are wholly in thy power, to dispose and order as thou seest fit, and not at all in mine enemies’ power, who can do nothing against me, unless it be given them from above. He devoutly and joyfully recognizes it. V. my dying time is in thy hand. To God as a wise Ruler, calm submission is due; but it is more than submission that belongs to Him as a merciful Father; it is the spirit of cordial and affectionate consent to His will. The sense of security in this trusting phrase may be contrasted with the feeling of danger in another Hebrew phrase, “my soul is continually in my hand,” Psalms 119:109. And why should any suppose that the control or agency of the Infinite should terminate with the first creating act? Let the poor and the afflicted remember this. Foreboding and fear should be far from us. “Life and time are world's two teachers. III. But, if our times be in God’s hands, all our concerns must be there too; and nothing can befall us but by his appointment, “Who art thou, then, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and forgettest the Lord thy Maker [Note: Isaiah 51:12-13. 1840-57. All in relation to life - its origin - its continuance - its changes - its seasons - childhood, youth, middle age, old age - all was in the hand of God. My times of worldly prosperity. Are not times of weakening my strength in the way, of exanimating sickness, of excruciating pain, of wasting lungs, of struggling breath, of loss of appetite, of bodily and mental prostration, so many dying times to every one that is subject to them? 2. ].” If we are called to the possession of wealth, or deprived of it by any untoward circumstances, it is “the Lord who gives, and the Lord who taketh it away [Note: Job 1:21. II. My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. The first is physical. ].” Paul was in perils innumerable, “and in deaths oft [Note: 2 Corinthians 11:23-27. 3. You are indeed my rock and my fortress; "Commentary on Psalms 31:15". BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Psalms 31:15". The word “times” refers to the uncontrollable changes of life. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". God speaks to us through our opportunities. ];” we may drink poison itself [Note: Mark 16:18. Psalms 31:15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. We are therefore taught by them to assure ourselves, 1. Times are in your hand, deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors Psalm 30 - 115 so friends as we hear the word and we connect with the words we see that the psalmist is continuing to seek God's assistance that he calls on the Lord that is his rock his place of refuge, the one who provides strength and the one who is looking out for himself a power greater than. I. Its course is not seldom arrested by a violent death; it is cut short in battle, or by the executioner, or by lightning, or by railway accident, or by drowning, or by the murderer’s knife, or by poison taken unwitting!y, or by the bite of an animal, or by pestilence that walketh in darkness; and yet such events might suggest to those who believe in the providence of God that there are other and more influential, although less patent, causes that affect the length of human life, causes which we now proceed to consider. the universal superintendence of God. Let me never dare to doubt. 2. In You, O LORD, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/psalms-31.html. The Biblical Illustrator. Whatever is to come out of our life, is in our heavenly Father’s hand. Gratitude. Give your conscience a holiday, and you can soon get out of your trouble.” Let your reply be, “O prince of darkness, it is no business of mine to extricate myself! The proof of the doctrine is sufficient but not overpowering. ].” If we enjoy health, or pine away in sickness, it is “the Lord who both wounds and heals, who kills and makes alive [Note: 1 Samuel 2:6-7. ]?” Are we not told, that “the wrath of man shall praise him; and that the remainder of it he shall restrain [Note: Psalms 76:10. If the hand of God is laid upon all our surroundings, God Himself is near us. See Psalm 31:15 with its adjacent verses in bold below. It leads us to worship Him, and to confide in Him as the Lord of the universe, in whom all majesty is for ever centred, and from whom all blessings flow. He does not wish me to do a wrong thing, that I may do for myself what He has promised to do for me.”. The times will never come when we shall begin to be at our own disposal, and cease to depend on God’s sovereign will. We shall be told, perhaps, that the doctrine of a particular Providence represents the Most High, as attentive to insignificant affairs,--gives to the Divine administration the aspect of overwhelming complexity,--and, is inconsistent with the majesty of the Supreme Being. That he might the more cheerfully commit the preservation of his person to God, he assures us, that, trusting to his divine guardianship, he did not trouble himself about those casual and unforeseen events which men commonly dread. He was called by God to expose the nation’s sin, and to warn them of God’s impending punishment for their gross apostasy, their captivity into Babylon and their inevitable dispersion. Psalm 31 Prayer and Praise for Deliverance from Enemies. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. “He determines the bounds of our habitation [Note: Acts 17:26. 3. There is nothing which more distinguishes the Christian from the ungodly man than the temper with which the experiences and possibilities of life are regarded. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. Use the scale on the left to tell how often the verses below are googled compared to each other. ], or suffer ourselves to be committed to the flames, without experiencing the smallest injury [Note: Daniel 3:25-27. He that has brought us so far, and wrought so graciously for us, will see us safely over the rest of the road. Who can say when the last difficulty has been surmounted, or when the last opportunity has been rejected or missed? Luke 13:33. 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