“Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.” -Psalm 31:5 (NIV)
Living a life of righteousness and purity is not easy. Despite our most ardent of efforts to pursue holiness, it always seems to be an uphill struggle. Our sinful nature continues to ensnare us; preventing us from walking in integrity and holiness. We soon realize that it is futile to live a life of virtue on our own strength. But this is the key moment. It is one thing to realize this fact, but another matter to decide what needs to be done in light of this fact. Often we descend into hopelessness, wallowing in our sin saying that there is no point in attempting to live a life that is impossible to live. However, instead of finding relief, such an attitude only leads to our own destruction and misery.
In our over-reliance on our own strength and abilities, we fail to take into consideration the redemptive power of God. Through His loving sacrifice on the cross He has broken the hold of sin on humanity and through His resurrection He promises newness of life in Him. When our spirit is weighed down by the weight of our sin and our circumstances, we can take hope in the fact that when we commit our spirit to Him, He will restore us. We might say that we have gone too far down the path of depravity to take comfort in any hope of redemption. Yet the truth is that Christ’s grace is without boundaries. There will never be a point where He will refuse to carry out His redemptive work if we ask with total sincerity and abandoning our trust in our own capacity. All we have to do is simply call upon Him; surrendering our spirit into His hands and allowing Him to renew our hearts and minds. When we permit Him to conform our spirits to His perfect will for our lives, we will be able to dwell in the joy and freedom that comes from walking closely with Him and allowing Him to direct our thoughts, words, and actions.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.