"Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay."
Overnight I had gained the title “baseball” wife. A newlywed for three weeks, having just left my hometown, moved out of my parent’s house, said goodbye to a job that I loved, my church family and closest friends, I had no idea what life was going to look like for the next 8 months. Our car was packed to the brim and I was “ready” to embark on this new journey.
We traveled from North Carolina to Arizona, my husband was assigned to AA in Texas and then immediately released after a week. What’s going on Lord? This wasn’t our plan. We had packed for California and for a summer on the West Coast and now we were driving through the night back across the country in a car that kept breaking down. Everything felt like it was falling apart.
15,000 miles, 5 teams, 6 states, 1 month of sickness and a 3 month stay at a Holiday Inn Express. That is what it took for me to truly learn what it looks like to cleave to my husband in marriage but even greater than that the Lord had revealed to me that my security, confidence, and identity was heavily rooted in my circumstances.
Psalm 16 is a Psalm of safekeeping. How beautiful is it that we can rest fully in the Lord’s safekeeping? What does this mean for us amid circumstances that are forever changing? It means we are under the Lord’s protection, guardianship, control, and care. It means we can trust him because He is sovereign and his word tells us that he will never change. He is for us and with us always. Knowing that God is always with us should produce peace in our lives. If we are living anxiously and without peace, it may be a sign that we are desperately seeking security in the fleeting things of this world.
I know how it can feel during season. You feel at times like you are in the middle of a battlefield spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. All you want is a place of rest and safekeeping. The good news of the Gospel, is that Jesus lived the perfect life and died in our place, offering us a way back into a restored relationship with God. Because of this, we can rest secure beneath the banner of God’s love, under his protection and care. He is our true place of safekeeping.
In vs. 9 and 10, David cried out to the Lord declaring, “My heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will REST secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave.
Prayer: Father, I pray that I would rest secure in your presence. I pray that my identity would be firmly rooted in your word so that no matter what changes or circumstances I face, my heart would be glad and full of joy because I know that I am under your care. You are my safekeeping, Lord. Amen.
Suggested Reading: 1 Peter 2:9