Thursday, February 21, 2013

Keep and Preserve

 4Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
 5The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah. 
(Psalm 140:4-5, King James Version)

Keep and Preserve

In a day when we are told we can do anything if we just try hard enough, the Psalmist's pleas may seem a little out of place. Nowhere does he mention his own ability to get himself out of his own troubles. Rather, he pleads with the Lord, "Keep and preserve me!" Truly he understands the real world in which we live.

We are in a battle--actually we are in a war! Yet, we often live our lives as though all is sweet and pleasant and everyone has our best interests in mind. Instead, the Psalmist cried out, "The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins [traps] for me."

Satan, knowing he is already defeated, is intent upon bringing as many people with him as he can. He knows that the best way to do that is through deceit--using sweet and kind words. We are warned several places in the Gospels that in the last days false prophets and false Christs will arise whose purpose it is to deceive. They will be so effective that, but for the grace of God, even true believers would be deceived.
 21And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
 22For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
 23But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. (Mark 13:21-23, King James Version)
What can we do to prevent ourselves from falling into these same traps? Like the Psalmist let us pray that God would keep and preserve us. We must, like the Psalmist, pray that He will keep us from the hands of the wicked and preserve us from the violent man, whose purpose is to keep us from the straight path on which God has planted our feet.

It is not about us, is it? It, as always, is Christ who keeps us going the way we should go. It is to Him we need to continually pray. We have the assurance that God will, indeed, keep our feet upon His paths. He is available to us every moment of every day, and will remain with us until the day He takes us home to be with Him forever!

Let us remember these great words from Proverbs 3:
 5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
 7Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. (Proverbs 3:5-7, King James Version)
God Bless You,

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