My times are in your hand… Psalm 31:15
Jesus, at his death, prayed, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” (31:5). The Psalms were a comfort to Him in the worst of times. Charles Spurgeon experienced times of persecution for preaching the gospel, and times of painful illness, and depression. The day he preached on Psalm 31:15 he said, “I have not been able to preach on this text as I hoped to do, for I am full of pain, and have a heavy headache, but, thank God, I have no heartache, with such a glorious truth before me. Sweet to my soul are these words— “My times are in Your hand.” This first of three brief posts on the theme of our times comes from C.H. Spurgeon…
Charles Spurgeon preached…. “To be entirely at the disposal of God is life and liberty for us. The great truth is this – all that concerns the believer is in the hands of the Almighty God.
“My times,” these change and shift, but they change only in accordance with unchanging love, and they shift only according to the purpose of One with whom is no variableness nor shadow of a turning.
“My times,” that is to say, my ups and my downs, my health and my sickness, my poverty and my wealth – all those are in the hand of the Lord, who arranges and appoints according to His holy will the length of my days, and the darkness of my nights.
“Storms and calms vary the seasons at the divine appointment. Whether times are reviving or depressing remains with Him who is Lord both of time and of eternity, and we are glad it is so.”
From a sermon delivered by Charles Spurgeon on Sunday morning May 17th, 1891 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.