Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. Psalm 16:5
David was under threat from Saul for many years and during this time, he learnt to find refuge in God. He prays for safety and acknowledges his security in God. David chose not to follow other gods or to become distracted by worldly solutions. He committed exclusively to God, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing” (verse 2). David has a hope and a future because he trusts in the Lord.
Like David, we also acknowledge that our security is in God. While we aren’t generally pursued by a physical enemy, our minds may be besieged with worst-case scenarios or overwhelmed with fears. The enemy of our soul will attack us with negative thoughts. Our defence is the truth of God’s Word. We are secure in him. Nothing can happen to us that surprises him or is outside his sphere of influence. His grace is always available to us.
When we turn our thoughts to him and become aware of his presence with us, our perspective is enlarged. We remember the ways God has helped us in the past and we know he has good plans for our future. As we reflect on all God has done for us, we find gratitude grows within us which dispels our worries and fears. We have hope and find a joy that’s not dependent on our current circumstances (verse 11).
God’s perspective is the true and eternal one. With him directing and guiding our paths, we have nothing to fear. Our situation in life is secure in him, even if it seems fragile to the world. Like David, we have a hope and a future because we trust in the Lord.