Through the Bible Day by Day
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 righteousness.
A CRY OUT OF DEEP TROUBLE
Some have supposed that this psalm was written during the Sauline persecutions; but it is more likely that it dates from Absalom’s rebellion. It alternates between the depths of despondency and the heights of sublime faith, and well befits those who walk in darkness and have no light, Isa_50:10.
It sounds as if the soul were on a wind-swept moor, with no shelter from the storm. All is dark and wild; and it dreads to be caught in the entangling net, Psa_31:4. What a magnificent prayer is that of Psa_31:5! It supplied their last words to Stephen, Polycarp, Bernard, Hus, Luther, Melanchthon-above all, to our Lord, Luk_23:46; Act_7:59. The Psalter was our Lord’s prayer book. This verse is a suitable petition also, as we go forth into the unknown day, 2Ti_1:12.
Sin, slander, neglect make the heart break; but God is all-sufficient. Hide in Him; that life is safe which is God-encompassed. “Hid with Christ in God!” Col_3:1-4.
But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God.
JEHOVAH PRESERVETH THE FAITHFUL
What a change ensues in the spirit of our life when we look from men and things to God! Do not look at God through circumstances, but at circumstances through God’s environing presence, as through a golden haze. Our Lord’s times were in the hands of the Father, and He would not move an inch until the clock had struck in heaven, Joh_2:4; Joh_7:6; Joh_7:8; Joh_7:30; Joh_8:20.
As God hath laid up coal and ore in the earth; and as explorers in Arctic regions deposit provisions in cairns, that those who follow in their steps, or they themselves returning, may be supplied on their march, so unsearchable riches are stored in Christ awaiting our appropriation, 2Pe_1:3.
What a hiding-place is the secret of His presence! Have you ever been inside that royal withdrawing-room? God’s pavilion is sound-tight; the strife of tongues cannot penetrate.