Psalm 16: Keep Me Safe!

“Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.” (Psalm 16:1)

We’re going to spend this next week listening to how the songwriter David worshipped God in Psalm 16. I wish we could hear the music, but the words – written under the inspiration of the subject of the song – hold deep secrets about what it means to trust him and enjoy the life he gives to us.

jump_350Ever wonder what the most popular prayer in history might be? My guess is that these words would make the top 5: “Keep me safe!” David spent years at war, in battle, and on the run for his life from powerful enemies. Aside from armed conflict, I bet this request gets used a lot in heavy traffic, in hospitals, and even in sleepless bedrooms.

David was convinced that God’s answer was loud and clear: “Yes!” And that faith provoked him to put all of his eggs in one basket, all of his hope for safety in the hands of one loving, powerful, and good God.

Think: When are you most likely to feel the least safe? Is your first instinct to ask God for help? Are you convinced that he hears and answers that prayer?

Pray: Ask God for the courage to put all of your hope for safety in his hands. Thank him that he is trustworthy to provide for all of your needs in every kind of dangerous situation you might face.

Do: Make a quick list of 3 of the most dangerous moments in your life up until this point. Think about how God protected you in those moments.