Monday, July 26, 2010

What is God's Safety?

My dear sweet friend, Cheryl Cannon, of  Let's Talk Ministries challenged a group of us to memorize Psalm 16.  It's a long one and I have it hanging in my shower (in a Ziploc bag) so I can read it every morning.  I don't have it memorized yet but there are parts of it that have seared it's way into my heart.  I know that's what the Word can do when we let it into our lives.  The first verse of Psalm 16 has done this for me.

Our family has a particularly stinky sow's ear in our life right now.  It's a scary time and we are still figuring out what type of silk purse this will be.  Will it be one that arrives in a box all tied up with a ribbon?  Will it be one that we have to go out and sew ourselves with blood sweat and tears?  Or maybe it will be a combination of both.  We are in the waiting time.  Waiting on God.  But His word says that we can cry to Him for safety.  We can RUN to him for refuge.  I find myself saying throughout the day "Keep me safe, O God"  "I'm running to you for refuge."

The glorious part is that even though I have this stinky sow's ear, I have this peace.  I believe that God is keeping me safe.  Maybe not from the current situation but He is keeping me safe from the sheer emotion of it all.  He is allowing me to hand my worries over to him.  These are the world's worries.  Not mine. 

I've included the entire Psalm here for you to sear into your heart.  I'd love to hear how God has provided refuge to you!

Psalm 16 (New Living Translation)

A psalm of David.
 1 Keep me safe, O God,
      for I have come to you for refuge. 2 I said to the Lord, “You are my Master!
      Every good thing I have comes from you.”
 3 The godly people in the land
      are my true heroes!
      I take pleasure in them!
 4 Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods.
      I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood
      or even speak the names of their gods.
 5 Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.
      You guard all that is mine.
 6 The land you have given me is a pleasant land.
      What a wonderful inheritance!
 7 I will bless the Lord who guides me;
      even at night my heart instructs me.
 8 I know the Lord is always with me.
      I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
 9 No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.
      My body rests in safety.
 10 For you will not leave my soul among the dead
      or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.
 11 You will show me the way of life,
      granting me the joy of your presence
      and the pleasures of living with you forever.

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