Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You. Psalm 16:1 (NASB)
Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust. Psalm 16:1 (KJV)
These are uncertain days for all of us as the world is under siege from Coronavirus. Our communities have changed beyond recognition in a very short time, as we do our best to protect ourselves and families from the virus. And we cannot forget the importance of not just protecting ourselves but also our precious key workers in healthcare and the elderly.
As I and my family have been staying home I will admit to being quite anxious about the threat level. After all we have seen how indiscriminately the virus is claiming victims, regardless of status. As I turned to God and His holy Word I found myself praying Psalm 16:1 . It is very simple guidance, but very often the simplest advice is the best. When I read the verse I was reminded of the following:
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
One of my favourite verses of scripture which always reassures me that God cares for us and will always provide for us – praise God! This makes following Psalm 16:1 easy, knowing that where I am seeking safety is with a God who cares for me.
Both quoted versions begin with “Preserve me, O God…” We turn to none other than God Almighty to guard us against harm and save us from danger, no one else can do it for us. The KJV encourages us to put our “trust” in God which literally translates to ” flee to, take refuge in” which is in the NASB. There is no other source of comfort and refuge for us other than God. We don’t just take refuge in our homes, but in God Almighty, who provides and cares for us.
After reading and praying over this verse I felt a calm assurance. I can turn to God and that He will preserve my family no matter what life throws at us. In these uncertain times I would encourage you to rely on the certainty of Gods’ provision.
Dear Father God, in these uncertain days I confess to being a bit afraid. I turn my fear over to you and trust you. I take refuge in you and in your holy Word. Amen