As I read Psalm 31 yesterday in my read-through-the Bible-in-a-year program, verse 15 jumped out at me. In the midst of his psalm, David writes, “My times are in Your hands.”
As I meditated on that phrase, the following thoughts came to my mind.
“My times are in Your hands” teaches us, as does the rest of the psalm, God’s sovereign care and control of the lives of His people. It can be seen even more clearly when each word is considered in turn.
My times are in Your hands. God’s care and control are personal and individual, not just for “first class” Christians or special Christians or especially holy believers. “My” includes me and all of God’s other children individually, too.
My times are in Your hands. God’s care and control are inclusive. Everything I am and have are in God’s hands. It isn’t simply physical time, though that’s included. The Lord determines the day of my birth, my death, and everything in between.
My times are in Your hands. God’s care and control are present – not past (not “were”) or future (not “will be”) or potential (“might be”); it’s actual. His control and care are current and constant.
My times are in Your hands. God’s care and control is active. My times are in His hands, not outside of them. To be “in” is to possess something and have it under control.
My times are in Your hands. God’s care and control are His possession – something He does and doesn’t share with anyone. I’m in God’s hands, not my own (which is a very good thing, for which I’m incredible thankful!).
My times are in Your hands. Hands are representative of what God id doing – His work on our behalf in this case. Nothing slips through God’s hands – nothing in our life or the lives of God’s people.
Because our times are in God’s hands, He does with us whatever He chooses. Knowing that should be a soft pillow, and not a hard rock, on which to lay our heads.