I wanted to share a verse I have been chewing on for the last week or so.
Here it is.
“Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” Psalm 16:1-2
In this verse David is asking God to preserve him. I’m not sure what was going on with David, but it seems the weight of the world was pressing in. And in that hard place, David turns to the Lord as his refuge.
What refuge(s) do you normally turn to when life gets tough?
Extra hours at the office.
Not all these things are bad (though some are), but all these are bad refuges when we really need God.
Did you notice in this verse David says “Lord” twice?
Well, in Hebrew he really uses two different words. The first “LORD” in Hebrew is actually “Yahweh”, the personal name of God revealed to Moses at the burning bush (I AM WHO I AM). The second “Lord” is “Adonai”, meaning Master, Lord, or Sovereign.
So in the middle of his trouble, David cries out to God who he has a personal relationship with (Yahweh) and whom he can trust completely with his life (Adonai).
Is God a refuge like that for you when life gets rocky? Is He your Yahweh-Adonai when the rain is pouring down?
Now look at the last line.
“I have no good apart from you.”
Is that how you view God? Is He the source of all goodness, so much that apart from Him you have no good at all? Is He the true treasure of your universe, by whom all other things grow strangely dim?
God was David’s Refuge and Treasure.
Is He yours?