A Broad Place
May 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
According to the Gospel of Luke, the last words that Jesus spoke from the cross were taken from Psalm 31 (see Luke 23:46 and Psalm 31:5). This psalm is also associated with the death of Stephen, the Christian martyr (see Acts 7:59). Therefore, Psalm 31 is often used at funerals and associated with occasions of death. However, this psalms is actually about the life of a believer. It is a psalm about trusting God no matter what. A dominant metaphor in this psalm is hand: “Into your hands I commit my spirit” (31:5); “My times are in your hands” (31:15). God’s hand of care, protection, and salvation is in contrast with the hands of the enemies (31:8, 15). Trusting God’s hand to be stronger than the enemy’s hands is based on previous experience of God redeeming the one praying (31:8, 22), and that God has proven himself to faithful (31:3). The hand of God turns out to be “a spacious place” or literally “a broad place” (31:8). On the table in my office lies an autobiography of Jurgen Moltmann, a prominent theologian of our time. The title, “A Broad Place”, is taken from this verse. A spacious or broad place is a place of safety and security. May you also experience your life to be a broad place in the palm of God’s hand.