New Living Translation
But I am trusting you, O Lord,
saying, “You are my God!”
For you o lord I put my trust you are god the lord you are always trustworthy you are God
But I Trust In You Lord – Psalm 31:14-16
Published on January 23, 2019 by Ed Jarrett
Last Updated on July 7, 2021
But I trust in you, Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hands;
deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
from those who pursue me.
Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your unfailing love.
How do you respond when your world is falling apart? When you are being attacked from all sides and its hard to find the silver lining? This seems to be the condition David finds himself in as he composes this Psalm. And the condition is not unique to David. I suspect most people experience this at some time in their lives.
David’s response is instructive. Rather than wallow in despair and self pity, he chose to trust in the Lord. While his prayer included a request for deliverance, he trusted the timing of that deliverance to God. David was convinced of God’s love for him, and that he would deliver him from his oppressors.
It is often tempting to take matters into our own hands and seek a way out of our difficult circumstances. That is not to say that you should just sit back and do nothing. But it does mean that we should trust that God will deliver; and do so in his perfect time. He knows what I am going through. And he knows how best to see me through it, helping me to grow in the process. Trust in him. That can be very hard to do sometimes. But he loves you more than you can know.
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God’s Word for You – Psalm 31:14-18 I say, “You are my God.”
APRIL 5, 2018
GOD’S WORD FOR YOU
Up to this point, David has prayed about his enemies and the troubles that surround him, “terror on every side.” Now he expresses his confident trust in God, just as we should.
14 But as for me, I trust in you, O LORD,
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hand.
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies
and from those who pursue me.
16 Let your face shine on your servant.
Save me in your mercy.
The simple creed “You are my God” was a favorite of David, who says it five or six times (Psalm 31:14; 63:1; 86:2; 140:6 and 143:10; it also occurs in the anonymous Psalm 118:28). Isaiah quotes the king in both halves of his book, once to proclaim law (Isaiah 44:17) and once to proclaim gospel (Isaiah 25:1). David’s faith and confidence soar in the wonderfully comforting “My times are in your hand.” He describes the Lord’s blessing and care like the sun coming out from behind a cloud: “Let your face shine on your servant.” We who wait a long time for spring to arrive remember how glorious it is to finally feel the warmth of the sun when that day finally arrives.
In the last line of verse 16, David prays, “Save me in your mercy.” The word hesed is sometimes mistranslated “love” or “loving-kindness,” but “mercy” is the right word in English. David reminds us by his confession that we are rescued from our enemies, especially sin, death and the devil, by the mercy of God. This mercy was expressed to its fullest in the crucifixion of Jesus, whose death paid the atoning price for our sin and guilt.
17 Do not let me be put to shame, O LORD,
for I call on you.
Let the wicked be put to shame,
let them be silent in the grave.
18 Let lying lips be silent,
those who speak insolently against the righteous
with pride and contempt.
Although we naturally want to pray for the conversion of our enemies to faith, and subsequently to welcome them into the family of believers as friends, there are times when this is impossible. In such cases, the believer may pray as David does, that God would condemn them and close their mouths so that they are no longer able to spread lies and slander about God and his people.
David’s argument is expressed simply, but let’s look at it by reversing the order of his words in verse 17: “Let the wicked be put to shame” (condemned) and may I not be put to shame (may I be taken to eternal life). David also describes the actions of the faithful both on earth and in heaven with the words, “I call on you.” To call on the name of the Lord is to proclaim what he has done, which is what the very earliest patriarchs did, which Moses describes: “Seth had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time men began to call on the name of the Lord” (Genesis 4:26). Paul describes the family of believers with the same words: “all those everywhere who call on the name of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:2).
Those who do not do this, who don’t trust in God and who don’t put their faith in him, are the unbelievers who are condemned. When David says, “Let them be silent in the grave,” he means more than an earthly tomb. Those who are damned do not get the opportunity to preach their lies forever in hell. Their blasphemy is ended forever. Although such a scene as the rich man asking questions in hell is presented to us in Luke 16, that man says nothing that might offend God. He is capable of doing nothing at all except to suffer in his pain (Luke 16:23), to cry out for relief (Luke 15:24), to respect God and those who are in heaven (Luke 16:30), and to wish—perhaps in vain—that his loved ones would not follow him into hell (Luke 16:27-28).
Call on the name of the Lord with your words and with your actions, and know that he sent his Son to rescue you from your sins. Praise him for this every day.
Pastor Timothy Smith
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Pastor Smith serves St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, New Ulm, Minnesota
What Does Psalm 31:14 Mean? ►
But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”
This beautiful Psalm of David is a most graphic descriptor of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who like David was also a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief – and Who like His forefather was also a Man who trusted in the Lord His God, and rested His soul His heavenly Father.
David repeatedly recites the goodness of the Lord towards himself and rejoices in the loving-kindness of the God of His Salvation. He records the many times that the Lord seen and responded to the accusations, affliction and troubles that stalk his path and praises the Lord his God – Who puts to flight the enemies who secretly lay snares to entrap him.
Despite the long list of adversaries that seek his destruction, the sorrows and sighing that sap his strength and the slanderous conspiracies that are plotted against him, David is able to declare, but as for me, I trust in You, O Lord. I rejoice to say, “You are my God
The times in which we live are becoming increasingly difficult, causing the man or woman of God to cling ever closer to our God and Father. Let us rejoice in the Lord our God and proclaim with David. I trust in You O Lord – for You are my God.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the encouragement and lessons I can lean from the beautiful pictures of Jesus that are found in the book of Psalms. I trust in You and pray that day by day my soul may rest in Christ. Thank you for being my God and my my Father, My Lord and my Saviour, AMEN