Commending your spirit to the Lord Jesus
Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God. (Psalm 31:5)
Please do take the time to read the whole of Psalm 31 or simply hear from the video link just above.
As a person who believes in the Lord Jesus one must cultivate the habit of commending ones spirit to HIM.
If you look up the dictionary there are different meanings to the word ‘commend’. The meaning which is used in regards to Psalm 31 is “To commit to the care of another; entrust”
Jesus in his earthly ministry preached the Gospel and when he came to his death on the cross he had a few words to say. In his last words from the cross he prayed unto the God saying “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. (Luke 23:46)
The first Christian matryr, Saint Stephen was condemned by the Jews to die because he believed in Jesus (refer Acts 6:8-7:2,51-60). When he was just about to die he prayed saying, “Lord Jesus, accept my life!” and after this he died only to be received in heaven by Christ himself.
When you ask Jesus to accept your life you are commending your spirit to Jesus. It’s a common expression nowadays for people to say that they accept Jesus into their lives. However I find a much less number of people asking the Lord Jesus to accept their lives.
Mostly, asking Jesus to accept ones life is usually done at the verge of death or fear of dying. Though its perfectly fine to do so then, its equally valid to ask Jesus to accept your spirit at any time of your life.
Committing your spirit to Christ is an act of faith. It means you give your spirit to the care of Jesus himself, who is the creator of your spirit, in union with God the father and the Holy Spirit. This is not something to be taken casually but with genuine fervor and hope. By doing so you give glory to God.