Day 1: Into His Hands

Let us read aloud this passage together,

Psalm 31:1-5 (NIV)
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 In you, LORD, I have taken refuge;
    let me never be put to shame;
    deliver me in your righteousness.
2 Turn your ear to me,
    come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
    a strong fortress to save me.
3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,
    for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
4 Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
    for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;
    deliver me, LORD, my faithful God.

“It was part of Jewish tradition to include Psalm 31 into the regular evening prayers before going to sleep.  It was upon the cross that Psalm 31:5 had taken a particularly unique and profound application in Jesus’ life, but it was certainly not its first utterance from Jesus’ lips.  Jesus regularly surrendered to God in prayer.  The approach to our last battle is shaped and informed by our first battle and every valley and mountain top in between.” [Adapted from P. Ed’s message.]

“This is a prayer for resurrection, and it is at the heart of everything we are and do.” [Grant Osborne. Luke Verse by Verse.]

Prayer:  Father, fill me with your Holy Spirit today.  Empower me to pray and live as Jesus did.  I put my trust into your faithful hands to rescue me.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “10,000 Reasons (Live In Times Square)” by Matt Redman (click here).