Song of Security

In Life And In Death

Protect me, God, for I take refuge in You. I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good besides You.” Therefore my heart is glad, and my spirit rejoices; my body also rests securely. For You will not abandon me to Sheol; You will not allow Your Faithful One to see the Pit. You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures (Psalm 16 vv. 1-2, 9—11).

How can I be secure in life when I know I will someday die and when I feel at times that I am only an animal, a machine, or a combination of molecules? Death fascinates me, yet I was shocked by my mother’s sudden death. Death seems to be an assault on humanity, impossible to grasp and comprehend.

Though aware of my mortality and fallenness, I know that I bear God’s image. As St, Augustine reminds me, my heart has a God-shaped vacuum that will never be satisfied apart from the Lord. In short, my security must be in him. My profound need to be loved and accepted must be met by God,

How will he meet my deep longing for security?

  1. He assigns me my portion and holds my future (v. 5).
  2. He gives me a beautiful inheritance (v. 6).
  3. He helps my conscience instruct me (v. 7).
  4. His presence is at my right hand (v. 8).
  5. He gives me a glad heart, and my spirit rejoices (v. 9).
  6. He watches over my body—even after death (v. 9, also Acts 2:22-37).
  7. He reveals the path of life to me; His presence is abundant joy; at His right hand are eternal pleasures (v. 11).

Therefore, I will place my faith in these promises and let the Lord be my reference point. I will let him integrate, authenticate, and inform my life. As he brings wholeness, my insecurities will be transformed into peace and rest. My fears will begin to disappear, and I will be able to face life and even death with confidence.

Personal Prayer

Lord, I praise you because I am one of your loved ones. Help me to count on the fact that because I am in you, no one could be more secure.

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