"My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me."
For the believer, one of the most calming and comforting truths in the Bible is that God is Sovereign over everything, including our very lives. David believed that nothing was left to chance in his life. One of the great Biblical statements of this truth is found in our verse for today.
“My times are in thy hand:”
“My times” refer to the course and progression of my life. This has to do with all of the events of my life. David said that all of these things that make up his life are in the LORD’s hand.”
David understood “that all that pertained to him was under the control and at the disposal of God. He would “live” as long as God should please. It was His to give life; His to preserve it; His to take it away. 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,”1 (Barnes).
I can rest in His wisdom, love and care for me. He will always do what is best for me.
“‘My times are in Thy hand’ reveals the condescension of the Lord. Wonder of wonders, that God should not only think of me, but should make my concerns His concerns, and take my matters into His hand!2’”
“Deliver me from the hand of mine enemies,”
Since David was in God’s hand, he asked God to exert His power over the hand of the enemy and deliver him. He knew…
“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,”3 (Clarke).
“And from them that persecute me.”
David was confident that the LORD was protecting him. In verse 8 he said,
“And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room,” (Psalm 31:8).
How blessed we are as His children. He cares for what happens in our lives. Learn to trust Him to do what is best for you. “He is too wise to make a mistake, and too loving not to care.”
1. Albert Barnes, Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, the electronic version in eSword.
2. The Biblical Illustrator, the electronic version in eSword.
3. Adam Clarke, Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible, the electronic version in eSword.