Posted by: bshelley | August 12, 2008

Into Your Hand

Today’s Verse: Psalm 31:5 Into your hand I commit my spirit; You have ransomed me, O Lord, God of truth. NASB

Do these words sound familiar? Of course they do. The first part of this verse is the last words spoken by Jesus on the cross as He gave up His spirit and died (Lk. 23:46). Stephen, in Acts 7:59, paraphrased these words as well as he looked up into heaven and died after being stoned by the Jews. As we meditate on the power of the faith spoken in these brief words, scenes of anguish and tortured death may flash in our mind’s eye. Possibly a moment of sorrow knowing that it was our sin that put Jesus on the cross. It was however not the end, but rather the beginning. Momentary sorrow passes as on the third day Jesus rose from the grave, the firstborn of the new covenant. Until we make the decision to give our lives over to Jesus as both Savior and Lord we are held hostage by our sin. Jesus died as the price demanded for our ransom. This grand scheme of redemption for mankind was ordained by Him even before the creation. That fact alone is enough to take ones breath away in awe. Knowing what the price would be that was necessitated by our sin, God created us with the free will to choose anyway. The question then hangs in the air above Calvary for all to respond. Will we believe God’s truth? Will we accept the ransom paid and choose freedom?  We need begin each and every day saying, “Into your hand I commit my spirit.” Die to self this day and live in Christ.

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-psalm-31_5

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