Evening, August 27, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have ransomed me, O Lord, God of truth.” — Psalm 31:5
These words have been frequently used by godly men in their hour of departure. We may profitably consider them this evening. The object of the faithful man’s care and concern in life and death is not his body or his estate, but his spirit; this is his choice treasure–if this is safe, all is well. What is this mortal state compared with the soul? The believer commits his soul to the hand of his God; it came from him, it is his own, he has previously sustained it, he is able to secure it, and it is most fitting that he should receive it. All things are safe in Jehovah’s hands; what we entrust to the Lord will be secure, both now and in that day of days towards which we are hastening. It makes for peaceful living, and glorious dying, to rest in the care of heaven. At all times we should commit everything to Jesus’ faithful hand; then, though life may hang on a thread, and adversities may multiply as the sands of the sea, our soul shall dwell at ease, and delight itself in quiet resting places.
“You have ransomed me, O Lord, God of truth.” Redemption is a solid basis for confidence. David had not known Calvary as we have done, but temporal redemption encouraged him; and shall not eternal redemption yet more pleasantly comfort us? Past deliverances are strong arguments for present assistance. What the Lord has done he will do again, for he never changes. He is faithful to his promises, and gracious to his saints; he will not turn away from his people.
“Though thou slay me I will trust,
Praise thee even from the dust,
Prove, and tell it as I prove,
Thine unutterable love.
Thou mayst chasten and correct,
But thou never canst neglect;
Since the ransom price is paid,
On thy love my hope is stay’d.”