The one looks up with intelligent hope, the other looks down as it falls with a blind despair. 1905-1909. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. 2. For though every one may do much to preserve his health, that does not depend entirely on himself, any more than that of his family and friends; his good name is not in his own keeping; his credit is not in his own power; business does not come at his bidding. 1801-1803. Times of change of situation, condition, and calling in life; of removal from one place of residence to another; of losses, disappointments, and failures in business; of fraud, injustice, and oppression from men; of adversity, poverty and privations;--are especially trying to men’s principles. (J. S. 4. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. . The very word “times” supposes change for you; but as there are no changes with God, all is well. It is not a statement merely; it is a self-gratulation also, with something of a thanksgiving besides. or forget [Note: Daniel 6:22.] He will not indeed screen you from all trials; because it is on many accounts necessary that you should feel them [Note: 1 Peter 1:6. On the contrary, I am of opinion that, while he mused on the various revolutions and manifold dangers which continually hang over us, and the manifold unlooked-for events which from time to time happen, he nevertheless confidently reposed upon the providence of God, which he believed to be, according to the common saying, the arbiter both of good and of evil fortune. In his hands are, [There is nothing really casual or contingent in the world. 3. How terrible are the calamities which the psalm portrays; but how beautiful the trust which, in the midst of them all, the psalmist displays. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. Apart from the plans and purposes of God, the entire universe is insignificant: in relation to them every atom is important, for upon any one atom the entire sequence may depend. ]: but he will suffer none to come upon you which he will not enable you to bear, none which he will not sanctify to your eternal good [Note: 1 Corinthians 10:13.]. Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. ], as he sees occasion. How soon it will come is partly determined by circumstances. ], than one of the Lord’s little ones shall perish [Note: Matthew 18:14. Psalm 31:15 "My times [are] in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me." "Commentary on Psalms 31:15". A man, therefore, may recognize no providence, and to those who do, its difficulties are often very great. ]?” Think, how many have lost the time afforded them, and how bitterly they now bewail their folly: and beg of God, that he would “so teach you to number your days, that you may apply your hearts unto wisdom [Note: Psalms 90:12.].”]. All the affairs and events of my life; for time is oft put for things done or accidents happening in time, as 1 Chronicles 29:30 Job 11:17 Psalms 37:18 Ecclesiastes 9:11 Daniel 2:21 Acts 17:26. 1765. As a supreme, irresistible Ruler. Every man has a certain work assigned him to do, and when it is done, or ought to have been done, then he has to make room for others. "Mine hour," He said, on one occasion, "is not yet come;" nor could His enemies touch Him until the hour appointed by the Father (John 2:4; John 7:6; John 7:8; John 7:30; John 8:20; cf. The King James Bible (1611) and Strong's Concordance (1890) with Hebrew and Greek dictionaries are sourced from the BibleForgeDB database (https://github.com/bibleforge) within the BibleForge project (http://bibleforge.com). (Canon Liddon. 1. It is by faith. Darby's English Translation 31:15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from my persecutors. 7. speaking arrogantly, Ps. He does not interfere with the natural liberty of men, nor fail to allow, in a general way, for diligence and prudence to work out their own reward, and vice and idleness to bring their own punishment. You are dependent, and you try to be trustful: will that set to sleep the vigilance of Him who has all the ordering of your way? Psalm 31:15, CSB: "The course of my life is in your power; rescue me from the power of my enemies and from my persecutors." What abundant cause we have, when we look back on our lives, for this feeling towards God. In this respect, especially, “none of us liveth to himself,” etc. Psalm 31:15. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. 1. 2. But the saints find a rich consolation in the thought that God reigneth. That none shall hurt us without his permission—, [As we depend on God for our happiness as well as for our existence, so are both our being and our well-being secured by him. He that rolls his burden upon the Lord will be strong to do or to suffer; and his days shall be as the days of heaven upon the earth. ].” “There is neither good nor evil in the city, but the Lord is the doer of it [Note: Amos 3:6. Our Lord Jesus Christ says, “Are not two sparrows sold?” thereby teaching this same truth. Christ, the great representative man, continually realized the sense of his times, with all their trials and their comforts, being absolutely at the disposal of God, who can, at His sovereign and all-wise will, in a moment change, joy into sorrow, or sorrow into joy. In the sanctuary, the family, the closet. and Vulg. We shall see that our times are in God's hand if we consider how impotent comparatively we are in respect to all the elements around us, how liable in a moment to be called hence. See Daniel 5:23. The outward form of the work matters less than the presence or absence of the ennobling motive. What does this verse really mean? a. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-31.html. We not infrequently regard as providential only that which we deem calamitous. Use the buttons below to get details on the Hebrew word and view related Bible verses that use the same root word. 31:18. And I will execute great vengeance upon them, love the Lord your God with all your heart, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Time, especially (adverb with preposition) now, when, etc, A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc. On this he founds his prayer, that God would preserve and deliver him from the hand of his enemies. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. ].”], 2. It is good to recognize this for, so, by a conviction of the Divine wisdom and goodness, we are the more ready to acquiesce in all providential arrangements. The Lord, in effect, says to the believer, “I will take your affairs in hand, and see them through for you.” Will you not at once feel that now it is your joy, your delight, to live to glorify your gracious Lord? 1. 1871-8. 4. One man is killed, and nobody says anything about Providence; but a dreadful catastrophe occurs, and two or three hundred lives are lost; and we say, Providence! A. Kerr Bain, M. "Sermon Bible Commentary". All in relation to life - its origin - its continuance - its changes - its seasons - childhood, youth, middle age, old age - all was in the hand of God. "Commentary on Psalms 31:15". 1. To leave our times with God is to live as free from care as the birds upon the bough. Our times of prosperity, of adversity, and the time of our death. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. 3. But where is there less dignity in administering laws than in appointing them? They believe that God has formed a number of self-acting machines. 1. Jeremiah’s prophetic ministry lasted for about fifty years. Who can say when the last difficulty has been surmounted, or when the last opportunity has been rejected or missed? Of this we may behold many a proof, when we look back on the transactions of the year which is finished. Our part is patience, obedience, brave submission. We shall live as long as God has appointed; we shall pass through such changes as he directs; we shall die when and where and how he chooses. The Christian assigns to this doctrine a place among the primary truths of his religious faith. The word causes us to reflect upon the instability and changeableness of life. But though these ideas are certainly comprehended in the text, its more immediate scope is to declare. It may be that the very evils which some of us fear are only the occasion of working out some good. The times of man are numerous and diversified;--he has times of sorrow, of trial, of affliction. In a general sense, every man’s “times” are in God’s “hand.” It is a happy thing, and it certifies the stability of the wide realm of being, that the great Ruler will not suffer one thread of His government to pass for a moment out of His grasp. The Biblical Illustrator. Foreboding and fear should be far from us. Not that strength of constitution is always allowed to be the measure of life. 2. 3. "Commentary on Psalms 31:15". III. The proof of the doctrine is sufficient but not overpowering. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". The affairs of men he more especially controls. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. That scene is now closed. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-31.html. My times ... thy hand. The highest work may be even irretrievably degraded by the absence of that purpose. We are comforted to have it so. Events happen not to men by a fortune which has no order or purpose in it. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. 1. If the hand of God is laid upon all our surroundings, God Himself is near us. the way in which the beneficial influence of this doctrine is to be experienced. Even that ignorance of our future destiny in life, of which we sometimes complain, is a signal proof of His goodness. 2. In the text the psalmist declares that his “times”--all the vicissitudes and changes of his life--are in God’s hand; all under God’s appointment, and under His control. O Lord, if my times are in Thy hand, I have cast my care on Thee, and I trust and am not afraid! A song for the dedication of the temple. Yet, the final issues of things depend entirely on His will. My times are in thy hand - The events of my life are under thy control. In whose hands could the disposal of all events be placed so much to our advantage, as in his, who possesses infinite wisdom to devise what is best, and infinite power to effect it? (James Parsons. 31:15 The chances of my life are in your hand; take me out of the hands of my haters, and of those who go after me. Judgment! Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. 1. ]:” and “when he taketh away our breath, we die, and return to the dust [Note: Psalms 104:29. No degree of attention, or variety of objects, can bewilder Him, whose understanding is infinite. BibliographyClarke, Adam. ]: nothing in the whole universe can “harm us, if we be followers of that which is good [Note: 1 Peter 3:13. 31:23-24 As is true so often in the Psalms the last strophe is a warning ; an admonition ; a corporate prayer We should remember that “large” and “little” are words expressive of our finite knowledge. It is so. 2. I 2In you, LORD, I take refuge;a let me never be put to shame. The universe is a great and glorious whole;--but this great and glorious whole cannot be rightly preserved and governed, without the right preservation and government of all its parts. The psalm is thus associated with … "Commentary on Psalms 31:15". 2. Our times are in God's hand in this sense, that He alone has chosen for us the period of the world in which we should live. Times when I am able to work. We read of “set times to favour Zion.” Such times are the cordials of life, catches of sunlight upon our spiritual prospect, the wells of water and the palms at which we arrive as we journey through the wilderness. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct), App-6, for what is done in them = all my affairs.