"Into your hand I commit my spirit." (Psalm 31:5)
Even with Jesus' last breath, he is quoting Scripture. Jesus is quoting Psalm 31:5 when he cries out in Luke 23:46, "Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, 'Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.' Having said this, he breathed his last." While Jesus appropriately quotes this passage in death, Psalm 31:5 is also a psalm for living.
According to The New Interpreter's Bible Commentary, The word "spirit" in Hebrew is "ruah." Along with "spirit," "ruah" can also mean "breath." Breath is virtually synonymous with "life." "The psalmist says, in effect, 'I put my life in your hand,' or 'I turn my life over to you." Whoever faithfully reads or quotes this passage is relying on God's ability to preserve their life, whether on earth or in heaven. It is trusting in God's power and faithfulness, to restore and heal, now and for all eternity.
As part of your prayer today, remember loved ones who have died. As you picture each one's last moment of life, picture saying on their behalf, "Into your hand I commit my spirit." Then, picture the hand of God reaching down and lifting them up to heaven. Then, say a prayer of thanksgiving for God's love and resurrection promise.