Psalm 31

Refuge, Deliverance, and Trust: Glimpses of Christ's Work



Psalm 31 is a heartfelt cry of David to God, seeking refuge, expecting deliverance, and expressing trust. In the light of Jesus Christ's teachings and the New Covenant, this Psalm gives us insights into the nature of God as our refuge, the assurance of His deliverance, and the invitation to place absolute trust in Him.

Section 1: Refuge and Deliverance (1-5)

"1 In you, LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. 2 Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. 3 Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me...5 Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, LORD, my faithful God."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."


Section 2: Trust and Love for God (31:14-15, 23-24)

"14 But I trust in you, LORD; I say, 'You are my God.' 15 My times are in your hands...23 Love the LORD, all his faithful people! The LORD preserves those who are true to him...24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: John 14:1, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me."



Psalm 31, interpreted through the New Covenant, Christ-centered lens, foreshadows the trust, deliverance, and redemption found in Jesus Christ.

When David entrusts his spirit into God's hands, it prophetically points to Christ's words on the cross (Luke 23:46), symbolizing total surrender and trust in God's will.

The description of God as a fortress and a rock of refuge resonates with the safety and security we find in Christ, our Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4) and Fortress (Hebrews 6:19).

David's plea for deliverance from the trap of his enemies mirrors the deliverance we experience from the snares of sin and death through Jesus' sacrifice (Romans 8:2).

David's lament about his wasted strength and shortened lifespan emphasizes our frailty and the fleeting nature of life, reminding us of our need for Christ, who offers eternal life (John 10:28).

The Psalm concludes with an affirmation of God's steadfast love and an encouragement to be strong and courageous, both qualities epitomized in Christ's sacrificial love (Romans 5:8) and His victory over the world (John 16:33).

Psalm 31 prophetically anticipates the trust, deliverance, and redemption fully realized in Jesus Christ.