Psalm 16:1 NKJV – Preserve and protect

Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.

Preserve – To keep, guard, observe, to have charge of, to keep watch over, protect, save life; to be a watchman.   This is how Strong’s defines Preserve. It’s from the Hebrew word shamar. This word is referenced 23 times in the Bible. As in Job 10:12 NKJV which says, “You have granted me life and favor, and Your care has preserved my spirit.”

There are some days when the news hits me in a hard way. We live in a violent country. And an even more violent world. When I was growing up, I found my home to be a safe haven. A place where Mom and Dad would always protect me. When I left the home to go to school, I was secure and felt safe. When I walked to and from school, I felt at ease. But times have changed.

This scripture touched a place in my heart today. Because we live in such a volatile country and world, it is important to me to know where I can place my trust and feel secure. There are those of you who will read this that feel secure in your local law enforcement. Some of you will place your security in the government. While others live in areas of the world where both law enforcement and government can’t be trusted. Where is their security?

When we feel safe and secure, our whole emotional state is at rest. In times of crisis or times of attack, our emotional state is no longer at rest. It’s stirred up. Our self-preservation instincts kick in. Some call it “survival of the fittest”. I will tell you right here and now I will stand on the front lines and protect those I love without hesitation. That protective stance is birthed in unconditional love. That same emotion lives and breathes in every American veteran, both past and present. Their unconditional love for our country drives them to stand on the front lines and protect our freedoms. But we are only human and you must ask, “Is that enough?”

Today I thought about that. Today I was stirred. My family is safe. My loved ones are safe. But the events of recent times drew out my self-preservation instincts. It drew me out to look to the Lord. Mathew Henry once said, “Those that by faith commit themselves to the divine care, and submit themselves to the divine guidance, have reason to hope for the benefit of both.” In our foundational Psalm, David was submitting himself to both the care and guidance of his God. Today, I submitted myself to both the care and guidance of my God.

Prayer is the perfect way to tap into the absolute security that we need to survive in this violent and often senseless, wicked world. Prayer is the perfect way to tap into the safe haven of rest that we need to take shelter in. Prayer is the perfect way to catch the attention of our protector, El Shaddai. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”” (Psalm 91:1-2 NKJV)

Every day, the world changes. Every day, we can expect the unexpected. We can either trust man to preserve us or trust Almighty God to preserve us. I choose to place my trust in God.

“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.” (Psalm 91:9-12)

Heavenly Father, in You I place my trust. In You I have my protector. My El Shaddai. Preserve me Lord and watch over me. Protect my comings and goings. Take charge over me and ensure that no harm will come my way. For my family, my loved ones, and those reading this today, may NO evil befall them. NO sickness come near them. Keep them and protect them. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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