"And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room" (Psalm 31:8).
At the time of the writing of Psalm 31 David was experiencing tremendous persecution. He spoke of trouble and adversities (v.7). He asked God to pull him out of the net that his enemies had secretly laid for him (v.4). He heard about those who were slandering him and plotting to take away his life (v.13). He even admitted that, at times, his faith faltered, "For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes" (v.22). Yet, in spite of all his difficulties he still believed that God would not let his enemies prevail, but would firmly set his feet in a large room (v.8). David looked forward to God's deliverance and enlargement. His feet would be firmly set on God, who was his "rock and
. . . fortress" (v.3).
Prayer was one of the vital keys to open the door of deliverance for David. "Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily. . . . Let me not be ashamed, O Lord; for I have called upon thee" (vv.2,17). Like the disciples, he knew how vital it was to enter the "upper room" (Acts 1:13) of prayer and supplication. "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).
As he prayed, his trust in God was strengthened. Even when others were devising to kill him (Psalm 31:13) he could say, "But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God" (v.14). "In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust" (v.1).
The New Testament word for trust is faith or belief. "But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). David's "large room" experience is a perfect example of this great promise. NPS