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Psalm 16:1-2  --  A Miktam of David.
Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing." NIV
 
Psalms 46:1  --  God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble. KJV
 
Proverbs 16:2  --  All the paths of a man are pure in his own eyes;
but the Lord weighs out his spirit.
 
A thread between these verses in my devotional reading for today . . . Psalm 16 starts off telling us that this is a miktam, of the psalmist David.  The exact meaning of this strange little Hebrew word is elusive, but the simplest definition seems to be a mark or an engraving, implying a writing or a poem.  And I’m attaching significance, that this is a line in the sand, representing what David’s heart is founded in.  He makes an open request for safety, and verbalizes his commitment that God is his safe place.  Then he reveals a confession he’s made to God, acknowledging the superior goodness of God, and, not just superior, but singular, and not to be separated from.
 
I remember that my dad would often quote Psalm 46:1.  I also observed that he didn’t just recite these words, but that he lived this trust as well.  When I was young, I didn’t get it that he was always turning to God for his protection, support and help in stormy times.  This isn’t to say that he was perfect, because he was far from it, but, his practice was to always resort to God.  Sometimes it took him a few hours, or a few days, to get his thinking squared away, but he would always get his heart back in alignment with his “very present Help in times of trouble.”  Dad set me up to always fall back on God as my stable retreat, and I want to do it well!
 
Proverbs 16:2 is a word of cautious accountability – I see my ways as pure, but, if I’m committed that the Lord sees what the intent of my heart is, and makes the comparison with my actions, what does my balance look like to Him?  What does my Lord see in my ways and my heart?
 
I was reminded of an old adage that it’s nearly impossible to hold a man accountable for his attitude.  You have to wait until his actions are not in alignment with stated purpose and hold him to that line.  “Lord, no matter how I think I’m doing in life, I want you to weigh out my heart and pull me into alignment with You, because you alone are my safety, and there is absolutely nothing I have or can have that is more important than Your presence in my life.”