I love the Psalms. In fact, a few years back I was encouraged to study the Psalms after reading a quote by Athanasius. In it he says, “Elsewhere in the Bible you read only the Law commands this or that to be done, you listen to the Prophets to learn about the Savior’s coming or you turn to the historical books to learn the doings of the kings and holy men; but in the Psalter, besides all these things, you learn about yourself. You find depicted in it all the movements of your soul, all its changes, its ups and downs, its failures and recoveries. Moreover, whatever your particular need or trouble, from this same book you can select a form of words to fit it, so that you do not merely hear and then pass on, but learn the way to remedy your ill…In the other books of Scripture we read or hear the words of holy men as belonging only to those who spoke them, not at all as though they were our own…With this book, however, though one does read the prophecies about the Savior in that way, with reverence and with awe, in the case of all the other Psalms it is as though it were one’s own words that one read; and any one who hears them is moved at heart, as though they voiced for him his deepest thoughts.”
With that thought in mind I read this Psalm and two things stood out to me. The first is that God leads us and guides us for His name’s sake. This should both challenge and encourage us. Just as we cannot earn Salvation, so we cannot earn the right to receive God’s daily goodness, grace, and provision. He leads us and sustains us so that we can bring glory to His name. It is always about Him. The second thing I saw was the cry of David (and eventually the cry of Jesus on the cross), “Into your hands I commit my spirit.” To cry that out to God takes such immense faith because it means giving up everything and relinquishing all control. Perhaps that’s a scary thought for some, but I know that as a child of the Almighty God there is no better place to be than in his swift, sure hand.