David had no fear of being honest. He faced life with an openness that allowed him to vent his feelings, state his fears, express his desires, and claim God’s promises.
“Keep me safe, O God!” is the way David begins Psalm 16. And then immediately states that he, at that moment in his life and without hesitation or doubt, came to Him for help: “In you I take refuge.” He did not say that he took refuge in God in the past or that he planned on taking refuge in God in the future. Indeed not. Something was threatening him at that very moment and, in trust, he immediately went to God for help.
Sometimes we wait before we go to God with our needs. We believe that we are capable of handling our fears and failures by ourselves. We often think that we can cover up our mistakes and faults. But there is nothing in us or about us or has come from us that is beyond God’s love, mercy, and power. He knows who we are, sees us as we are, understands what we are going through, and is waiting for our call for help.
The word keep as used in this psalm can also be interpreted to mean watch over – as a shepherd watches over his flock, or as a guard who is accountable and responsible to watch over the prisoners he is charged to control and contain.
David knew the “job description” of a shepherd first-hand. If anything happened to the sheep, the shepherd would be held accountable and responsible. He also knew, as a king, that if prisoners escaped, an entire kingdom could be damaged or destroyed. David knew whom to call on for help. David also knew Who to trust!
Prayer: Help us, Father, to place all of our confidence in Your love and power when we face the unknown. Give us peace in Your ability to protect us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge. Psalm 16:1
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