Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
5 The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
7 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Public Domain KJV text from Wordproject.org
I recently saw an episode of The Mandalorian. Grogu, the young force user, protects himself and his friends from an engulfing flame by creating a force field around them. Had they not been protected by his power, the three of them would have died.
Like a snowflake on a Hallmark card, I realize even the slightest bit of heat could undo me. Too much stress, a bump on the head, betrayal by those I love most. Is there a limit to the monsters around the corner? Yet, David reminds me of the “eternal pleasures” that God promises. My safety isn’t in sixty years of building a retirement account. Our bodies will certainly fail. In fact, at only thirty my back often hurts already. So, have I really said in my heart, “Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup?"
Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and many others all promise a hero, or many heroes. They share stories of invented inheritance and thunderous lords. We pay to watch these stories. Yet, a greater force, a stronger hero, the Lord of Life, has already paid for our inheritance. He is where we may truly say, “In You I take refuge.”
Pastor, Waterloo, Iowa USA (as of this writing)