Summer Daily Devotional - Psalm 31

Gutsy Faith (a Psalm Quoted by Jesus on the Cross)

Gutsy Faith (a Psalm Quoted by Jesus on the Cross)

Psalm 31 was on the mind, heart, and lips of our Savior while He was on the Cross.

Makes me want to read it again… s l o w e r… picturing Jesus running these words through His mind as He was laying down His life for sinners like you and me…

How did Jesus face pain? How did Jesus face unjust suffering? How did Jesus face the brutality of sinners against the righteous?

With the Word of God… the Psalms, to be specific. THIS Psalm.

As I read Psalm 31, I can’t help but stand in awe at the depth of Jesus’ faith. He trusted His Father with such gutsy faith that even at the lowest point, the deepest pain, we find ultimate surrender and faith in God:

“Into your hands I commit my spirit;

    deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.”

Ultimate surrender. Gutsy faith.

Not a surrender that leads to defeat… a surrender that leads to victory in the face of temporal defeat. The Psalm is honest about the suffering, but the whole thrust of the Pslam is intended to stir trust, strength, and hope in the heart of God’s people—not despair!

That kind of rugged, gutsy faith is the same path the Lord calls each of us to walk, even through—especially through—our darkest moments.

It’s not a pie-in-the-sky, make-believe, pretend-to-be-happy kind of faith. It’s a gutsy faith.

The Psalmist (and Jesus) were brutally honest about the pain, grief, and anguish of soul:

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;

    my eyes grow weak with sorrow,

    my soul and body with grief.My life is consumed by anguish

    and my years by groaning;

my strength fails because of my affliction,

    and my bones grow weak. (v.9-10)

But deeper than the pain was a trust and resolve that clings to God even while calling out to God:

But I trust in you, Lord;

    I say, “You are my God.”My times are in your hands;

    deliver me from the hands of my enemies,

    from those who pursue me.Let your face shine on your servant;

    save me in your unfailing love.” (v.14-16)

This is a picture of profound worship. Worship = “worth-ship.”  God is “worthy” of our trust, even in pain. Worship is so much more than singing songs… it’s a deep and full surrender and committed trust even through excruciating pain.“Into your hands I commit my spirit.

What if we made that our prayer today?

Where in your life do you need to surrender to the Lord and trust Him through hardship?

Finally, two thoughts to direct our minds and hearts in response to Psalm 31…

  1. Gratitude… gratitude to my Savior who endured the cross, scorned its shame, and sat down at the right hand of God. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your deep and full surrender to the Father’s plan. Take a moment to thank Jesus for His surrender on the cross for your salvation.
  2. Guts… Lord, grant me a Christ-like gutsy faith to face my pain, surrender fully and completely to Your plan, and trust you to my core. Put guts in our/my faith. Psalm 31 kind of guts.

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord (v.24).

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