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A Sure Thing


"Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.” Psalm 16:1

What is more important than feeling safe? Would life be good if you had lots of money but were in constant peril? How happy do you think you’d be if you had fame but felt threatened daily? Neither scenario is good if we are in danger. We don’t think about safety nearly as much as David. He lived under the constant threat of death (even from his own people). As a proficient warrior, David knew a man made fortress was never enough to “keep” (hedge) him. He needed a strong defense, so he chose God as his refuge (hope, trust, confidence). We too must make a choice to trust either ourselves, our family, friends or wealth.

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7


I said to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” Psalm 16:2

David was in a rough place at this time. Out of jealousy, King Saul had driven him from his home, family and all his possessions. He was alone and on the run. So David was not repeating himself, when he said to the Lord, “You are my Lord”, he was reminding himself that - …Jehovah (the eternal one, who was, and is, and is to come) was his Adonai (sovereign, master, ruler). With the loss of everything, he realized all he needed was God. As long as he had Him, nothing else really mattered. Given this, apart from the Lord, David had “no good” thing.

“I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands…” Psalm 31:14-15


“As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.” Psalm 16:3

David’s allegiance to God changed the way He viewed the world…And it’s people. His love for God extended to those who loved God as well. They became the ones he would align with. Anyone under the daily threat of death needs to be surrounded with the right kind of people. For David, those people were the saints (dedicated, holy or set apart)…,…Who were glorious (principled, noble and gallant)… In whom was his delight (favored, pleasure). David knew he would be safe with God and His people.

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.” Psalm 1:1

From sermon notes for March 27, 2022

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