Both David’s times and ours are marked by instability. When this stock is exhausted first one and then another organ gives up, and the end comes. Which was only by the direction and appointment of God, and was in his power, and fixed by him. I. what lies at its basis--belief in the truth of a particular providence. the Christian man’s recognition of this truth. And how perpetually we are finding that vast results turn upon the most trivial and insignificant circumstances. 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. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. https: BibliographyClarke, Adam. 31:1 «To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.» In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy a righteousness. "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". It is not less so in regard to His dispensations towards us, as we are His redeemed people, children of grace. This truth should reconcile us to the stroke of death when it comes to ourselves or others. A Psalm of David. and Vulg. The mystery of life is all about timing and it is the wisest counselor of all. How can we believe what has been said and not trust? 31:18. We are standing while the generations that rose up by our side are sleeping in the ground. Feeling that God has placed us in this age that we may make our impress on it, we should prepare ourselves faithfully for doing its work. 2. "Commentary on Psalms 31:15". [It is foolish as well as impious to distrust God, or to murmur at any of his dispensations. or destruction of men [Note: 2 Kings2:24. They think it derogatory to His dignity to be constantly interfering with His works. V. my dying time is in thy hand. 2. It allays all his anxiety about his “times.” Fears about ourselves, fears about friends whom we love better than ourselves, apprehensions about life, apprehensions about death--about death perhaps most of all, with its when and where and how,--every one of them would be gone from these hearts of ours, if only they held within them the plain fact of our text as firmly as they hold many a fact that has a thousand times less of deep personal interest for us. https: In the sanctuary, the family, the closet. Our times are in God's hand as to the opportunities enjoyed both for personal improvement and for conferring benefit upon others. Without providence, history would be an absurdity, the universe an enigma, and the Deity undeified. For the expression comp. Leifchild.). "Commentary on Psalms 31:15". God is the Governor of the universe: he appoints the stars their courses; he makes the raging elements to fulfil his will [Note: Psalms 148:8. It is told of Mahomet, how, when hard pressed by his pursuers, he took refuge in a cave, which they were about to enter, when they observed a spider’s web spun over the mouth of it, and, therefore, turned away convinced that it could not have been lately entered. 31:18 D. Many/most of the Psalms in Book One have similar themes and wording. This page was last modified on September 15, 2017, at 5:02 AM. Of this we may behold many a proof, when we look back on the transactions of the year which is finished. Are in thy hand, i.e. 1832. 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. God fixes the bounds of every one’s habitation and determines his lot. 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. Psalms 31:15 My times [are] in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. Lessons: 3. 1871-8. ]:” there are “bounds which he cannot pass [Note: Job 14:5. Life teaches us to make good use of time, while time teaches us the value of life. 1. 2. ].” “God holdeth our souls in life [Note: Psalms 66:9. 15. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. margin and text; 1 Kings 8:59). If subtle adversaries against the truth appear, among their contemporaries, its most acute and intelligent defenders are found. The happiness of feeling assured, when we come to die, that our time of dying is in the Lord’s hand, must be inconceivably great. II. He that has brought us so far, and wrought so graciously for us, will see us safely over the rest of the road. 1. "Commentary on Psalms 31:15". “My times are in Thy hand”--the seasons, the stages, and eras of my life, with all their casualties, and opportunities, incidents, and events, are all in Thy hand, under Thy control, and at Thy disposal. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". "Commentary on Psalms 31:15". I. our times are not naturally our own, to employ as we please, to be accountable to ourselves only for the use of them. A psalm of David. In this respect, especially, “none of us liveth to himself,” etc. A Psalm by David. Have you the notion that fate grinds on like an enormous wheel, ruthlessly crushing everything that lies in its way, not pausing for pity, nor turning aside for mercy? Shall we continue to despise his patience and forbearance, till he swear in his wrath that our “time shall be no longer [Note: Revelation 10:6. Next--, 2. The first is physical. No degree of attention, or variety of objects, can bewilder Him, whose understanding is infinite. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". Psalms 31:16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake. "Commentary on Psalms 31:15". Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Psalm 31 Meaning "Mine hour," He said, on one occasion, "is not yet come;" nor could His enemies touch Him until the hour appointed by the Father (John 2:4; John 7:6; John 7:8; John 7:30; John 8:20; cf. It is true of the times of their worldly prosperity and adversity. PSALM 31* Prayer in Distress and Thanksgiving for Escape 1For the leader. "Sermon Bible Commentary". ]: the skill of physicians, however useful when attended with his blessing, is of no avail [Note: Mark 5:26.]. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct), App-6, for what is done in them = all my affairs. 16  Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake. We do not know the precise nature or time of the trouble… My times are in thy hand,.... And not in the hand of his enemies; as his time of life and death, which was only by the direction and appointment of God, was in his power, and fixed by him; nor could his enemies take away his life before his time, and without the will of his covenant God: the time of his coming to the throne, and what was gone over him during his reign hitherto, 1 Chronicles 29:30; and all his times of trouble in it; times of prosperity and of adversity; of darkness, desertion, and temptation; and of joy, peace, and comfort; these were all in the hands of the Lord, at his disposal, and ordered by him for the good of his servant, and for the glory of his own name; and this was a quieting consideration to the psalmist under his present trials and exercises; the Targum is, "the times of my redemption". If life be as a field, the field is under the hand of the great Husbandman, and the harvest of that field is with Him also. Nay: your “times,” every one of every shade and shape, are at home in the centre of all safety. 2. Go to. Information based on Strong's Exhaustive Concordance[1]. We may think we control our times, but we don’t. The Christian sees in all the hand of God, and submits; the other feels the stroke hardly knowing whence it comes. In a general sense, every man’s “times” are in God’s “hand.” It is a happy thing, and it certifies the stability of the wide realm of being, that the great Ruler will not suffer one thread of His government to pass for a moment out of His grasp. Or. What does this verse really mean? He would "live" as long as God should please. ]?” Be bold then for God; “set your face as a flint against the whole world [Note: Isaiah 49:7-9. 3. And why should any suppose that the control or agency of the Infinite should terminate with the first creating act? ), Our times, living and dying, in God’s hand. ], yet God watched over him, and kept him in perfect safety. א לַמְנַצֵּחַ, מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד. ]: but he will suffer none to come upon you which he will not enable you to bear, none which he will not sanctify to your eternal good [Note: 1 Corinthians 10:13.]. Barnes's Psalms 31:15 Bible Commentary My times are in thy hand - That is, I said this in my trouble; when my friends forsook me, and when my enemies came around me and threatened my life. 2. 1. 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! TO the ungodly it is a satisfaction to deny the providence of God, and to cut him off, as it were, from any connexion with his creatures. 2. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. IN YAHWEH I TAKE REFUGE For the Chief Musician. This is always a just ground of appeal to God by a sinner or a sufferer, that God would make our sins and trials an “occasion” for displaying his own character. We read of “set times to favour Zion.” Such times are the cordials of life, catches of sunlight upon our spiritual prospect, the wells of water and the palms at which we arrive as we journey through the wilderness. "Commentary on Psalms 31:15". Of David. have “my destinies”) are under Divine control, so that the machinations of the foe cannot prevail against one whom God intends to deliver. My times are in thy hand] Both the time of my abode on earth and all those various occurrences of that time, all is predetermined by thee; particularly how long I shall suffer, and when I shall be delivered. [28]Psalm 30 (): P(30:1) 30:1 A psalm. “My times are in Thy hand” reveals the condescension of the Lord. Faith and prayer must go together, for the prayer of faith is the prevailing prayer. A full belief in the statement of our text is A cure for present worry. In You, O LORD, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness. In you, O L ord, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me. 1. 17  Let me not be ashamed, O Lord; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 31 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This psalm is usually classified as an individual lament. ], [There is no period of life when we can call one day, or one hour, our own. Every man is here on his probation or trial; he has a certain number of difficulties to encounter, a certain number of opportunities of which he may avail himself, measured unto him by a perfect justice which will deal with him accordingly. 2. Used by Permission. Use the scale on the left to tell how often the verses below are googled compared to each other. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. II. 1909-1922. Till He give the command, nothing can force open the door of eternity for us; and when He does, nothing can keep us from entering it. III. “Life and time are world's two teachers. My times of worldly prosperity. (b) Preserve me from the crafty counsels and subtle practise of my enemies. BibliographyCalvin, John. He does not interfere with the natural liberty of men, nor fail to allow, in a general way, for diligence and prudence to work out their own reward, and vice and idleness to bring their own punishment. And not in the hand of his enemies; as his time of life and death. The highest work may be even irretrievably degraded by the absence of that purpose. Psalm 31:3(NASB) Verse Thoughts While fleeing from the wrath of the increasingly evil King Saul, David went to the assistance of some of his fellow-men who were facing great difficulties from the Philistines – but in all the difficulties that David faced he called on the name of the Lord, for David knew that there is no security and safety outside of Him. (J. S. (30:1) A(30:2) 30:2 I praise you, LORD, for you raised me up and did not let my enemies rejoice over me. We shall see that our times are in God's hand if we consider how impotent comparatively we are in respect to all the elements around us, how liable in a moment to be called hence. 2. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. or forget [Note: Daniel 6:22.] It is in fact possible that Jesus recited the entire psalm or at least longer parts of it, with Luke reporting only this verse. No danger can happen to me without thy foresight; thou seest what is prepared for or meditated against me; thou canst therefore deliver me from mine enemies. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". 3. He calls upon God as “Our Father, which art in Heaven.” Well, then, let us be content, be our lot what it may. The Biblical Illustrator. In the first clause we see that he not only denominates God the governor of the world in general, but also affirms that his life is in his hand; and not only so, but that to whatever agitations it might be subjected, and whatever trials and vicissitudes might befall him, he was safe under his protection. Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae. He that takes care of our times, will take care of our eternity. ].”, We are not indeed at liberty to rush needlessly into danger, from an expectation that God will deliver us; (this were to “tempt the Lord our God [Note: Matthew 4:6-7. 4. When the responsibility would be the heaviest if he did have his “times” in his own hand, he remembers they are in God’s, and breathes freely because the weight of them is not at all upon himself, but altogether upon Him who bears the burdens of eternity and doth not weary. David, in the psalm before us, complains that there were many who “took counsel together against him, and devised to take away his life.” But he comforted himself in the reflection, that, however man might be his enemy, God was “his God;” and that however bitterly his enemies might be enraged against him, “his times were not in their hands, but in God’s;” and, consequently, that they could do nothing against him but by His permission. My times are in thy hand - The events of my life are under thy control. The meaning is, that all that pertained to him was under the control and at the disposal of God. BibliographyHengstenberg, Ernst. Our admission of it depends largely upon our moral condition as, indeed, all faith does. 1. Darby's English Translation 31:15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from my persecutors. My times are in Thine hand: deliver me from the hands of my enemies, and from my persecutors. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". To get what Psalm 31:15 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context  and relative popularity. ].” Youth and health are no security against the stroke of death: the most vigorous constitutions are soon broken, when God is pleased to afflict us [Note: Job 21:23-25. Not that strength of constitution is always allowed to be the measure of life. 1. 3. 1. (2) Only by realising this great truth do we prepare ourselves either for great happiness or great usefulness. Consider those seasons which are to be especially regarded as under the Divine management. (W. 2. 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