“Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.”
God’s Word is so lovely on every level.
Level? There’s more than one level?
Yes, there are multiple layers in God’s Word. We can study and study and never completely get it all. But as we read we can look at it in several ways.
The first is that we can read what the text says and examine it for its historical significance. We can see how the writer cried out to God or how God intervened in each life. We read it for what has already taken place, what was.
But God’s Word is a living book, so secondly, as we study our Bibles we can allow God to speak to our circumstances. God can speak to us right now, to what is happening in our lives at this time, right this very minute.
And then we can also look at what was written and see if when it was penned, there was a prophecy that would later be fulfilled. It is speaking of what is to come. In this verse that is exactly what we see. Hundreds of years before the crucifixion, this verse was written by David, but when Jesus hung on the cross, He said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit. When he had said this, he breathed his last.” Luke 23:46
And with those words, Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of Psalm 31:5.
In the book of Revelation, Jesus is described as the One who was, who is and who is to come. He is the Word made flesh, so it’s actually an outline of how we can look at every verse, how we can study the Bible.
We can look at it like this:
What was the historical significance?
What does it say to me?
Is there a prophecy connected to it?
We see all three in Psalm 31:5. David wrote this psalm and it absolutely applied to him. It is meaningful for our lives as well, but it’s deep meaning is that it held the prophecy that was fulfilled on the cross.
What was, what is, what is to come…we can see all three in God’s Word.
Dear Jesus, You are the Word made flesh. Help me to look at every verse to see what was, what is, and what is to come.