Summary: Following Jesus in His Passion, and His faith.
CAUGHT IN A TRAP
The Psalmist was in a trap. Boxed in. Depressed.
We have all been there. I have been stuck down a pot-hole. Somebody else knows what it is like to feel all alone, abandoned. Others are slandered.
The Psalmist does not at first tell us what his trap is, but after the deliverance David speaks of ‘the marvelous kindness of the LORD in a besieged city’ (Psalm 31:21). Like I say, he has been boxed in.
There is much about this short passage which speaks to us of the Passion of Jesus, also.
His anguish in the Garden (Psalm 31:9-10). (Where we may have ‘iniquity’ in verse 10, He has, in another translation, ‘misery’). He is, after all, ‘a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief’ (cf. Isaiah 53:3).
Yet trust we must, for there is no other.
“My times are in your hand” (Psalm 31:15). What a blessed reassurance this is!
“I am trusting in you, O LORD,” I say. “You are my God” (Psalm 31:14).
In this trust, in this faith, we can call down upon ourselves the Aaronic blessing, no matter what befalls us (Psalm 31:16; cf. Numbers 6:24-26). The Lord Jesus has been there before us. In His grace, in His mercy, in His covenant love, the LORD will not fail to respond.