“You have formed us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in you.” – Augustine of Hippo [2]

 “Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. [1]

Psalm 31:5 ESV

Many of us live our lives struggling to get by. Whether it is struggling with our finances, marriages, kids, work, etc… it can be hard at times to find rest. There were many years of my own life where I struggled to find real peace and joy. I read through the Bible and couldn’t understand why Psalm 23 wasn’t applying to me, or Matthew 6:33. It seemed like in my mind and heart God looked over me. When in reality it was my lack of ability to commit my spirit to God.

David, the author of this psalm, knew what real struggles looked like in his life. If anything, he struggled more than any of us could ever imagine. If you read through the Psalms you can see the anguish in his heart, but you can also see his continual commitment to the Lord. David knew that the only place to find rest was in Him and the only way to get that rest was to commit to Him.

You see, God is not swaying back and forth with His commitment to us. It is us that sways back in forth in commitment. God promises never cease and are never removed from us. It is only when we step outside of our relationship with God that our promises are on hold. Not because of God but because we walked away. I have had my fair share of times where I walked away, whether it be for mere moments or months. Every time I have returned myself to the Lord and committed my spirit to Him, He has been faithful to redeem and restore.

Committing our spirits is a complete and total commitment to God. It is giving our entire life to God and not holding anything back. This same phrase, “Into your hands I commit my spirit!”[3] was the same word that Jesus uttered before dying on the cross. So we can get a clear interpretation that this is not an emotional experience, but instead of true trust in the Lord. When we fully commit and trust the Lord with everything we got, then all of the promises are put in motion.

Don’t be worried or dismayed if you feel the Lord is not keeping His promises. Although times may be tough right now, that does not mean that He hasn’t redeemed you or that His promises are void. What God has spoken, will always come to fruition.

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ps 31:5). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[2] Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[3] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Lk. 23:46). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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