Psalm 31:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 31:15, NIV: My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.

Psalm 31:15, ESV: My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!

Psalm 31:15, KJV: My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

Psalm 31:15, NASB: My times are in Your hand; Rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.

Psalm 31:15, NLT: My future is in your hands. Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.

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 does Psalm 31:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David committed himself to God. He trusted God with his life and believed the Lord would not allow him to perish at the hands of his enemies (Psalm 31:11–13). God would decide the time and way his life would end. Of course, that does not mean David had no preference: he did not want his enemies to snuff out his life. So, he prays for rescue from those persecuting him. No one can predict exactly when his life will end. All anyone can do is commit their life to God and leave the time and way of death to the Lord's plans.

Jesus faced a cruel, violent, abhorrent death on the cross. Yet, He committed himself to the will of the Father. In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed: "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will" (Matthew 26:39). Every believer can and should commit their life to God and rest with confidence in His will (see Romans 12:1–2).