Lord, keep me safe. Make sure I stay close to you. If I run out on my own I’m bound to get into trouble.
I love to read the biographies of men and women who were faithful to you. Their hopes, their struggles, and their faith continually encourage me. Unlike the lives of those who lived for themselves – why waste my time reading their boring lives?
Lord, you have called me for a specific purpose. May I be faithful to your calling and not compare myself to others. Forgive me for not being content with what you have given me and for not using what you have given me. You have given me a wonderful place of work and an unbelievable inheritance. May I bloom where I’m planted.
You are my teacher. May I spend time with you every morning so that I can learn from you and sit in your classroom. Lord, if I put into practice your instructions and stay close to you I will be able to stand against the things that want to shake my faith. When I am close to you, you bring me great comfort. When I speak of your love, I can rest and be at peace.
Lord, you keep me safe. Even the grave is not a threat. You have the final claim on my life. Just as Jesus didn’t remain in the grave but was raised up on the third day, so I have the assurance of resurrection on the day that Christ comes back.
You do look after us! You have taught us the way to live. And when we stay close to you we find the joy and pleasure that lasts forever and ever.
Lord, keep me safe. Make sure I stay close to you.
Devotion by Cora Goodyear
A miktam of David (a ‘miktam’ is probably a literary or musical term)
David says in this miktam that he takes refuge in God, that the Lord has assigned him his portion and his cup and made his lot secure. Psalm 16:8-11 is a prediction of the resurrection. These verses are repeated in Acts 2:25-28. In Acts 2:31 Luke said “Seeing what was ahead, he (David) spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay.”
Psalm 16:5 “Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.”
David denotes in v5 “who” is responsible for his spiritual inheritance – it is the Lord. David is thankful to God for his grace towards him. He involves God in his daily life – he converses with God and listens to God (v7). David knows that God will not abandon him to the grave or let him see decay (v10). He knows that God has made his lot secure.
We need to do the same. Be grateful to God for what he has done for us and make him our priority in this world. After all, our spiritual inheritance is being one with him in this world and with him in eternity. God keeps our lot secure. What greater gift is there than that?
In v7, David said the Lord counselled him. God will also counsel us in this world if we look to him for his instruction. We do not walk this road by ourselves but rather we walk with God by our side. What greater friend could we ever ask for – to walk alongside us?
Point: To remember it is God who makes our lot secure.