1 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.”
3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight.
4 The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names on my lips.
5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
8 I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Many scholars agree (according to Acts 2:25-28) this is a Psalm about Jesus Christ, even though David first wrote it about himself. A “michtam” is most commonly known as a “Golden Psalm,” or a “Treasure” we can keep. The word “michtam” is used in several others pslams, and they all seem to depict the psalmist in dire need of help, only to find ultimate joy and salvation in God alone.
Thinking of Jesus as our treasure, we can say with Paul, “nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39) Our ultimate joy and salvation is found in God alone. In the end, no matter what happens to us in this life: heaven awaits. So today take refuge in God alone. God is our ultimate joy and salvation!
As chickens run beneath the hen, so do I betake myself to thee. Thou art my great overshadowing Protector, and I have taken refuge beneath thy strength.” – C.H. Spurgeon
O God, my LORD, keep me safe. I will run beneath your strength today. Everything good comes from you, my heavenly Father. I will no longer look to others or other things to keep me safe. In everything, you have become my portion. You are enough for me. In this moment, when I feel so weak, You make me glad. Even though death will come to me, everlasting life awaits for me in heaven, with You. I can have ultimate joy and complete salvation because of your Son, Jesus Christ. Fullness of joy is found in knowing You. Amen.
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