But my eyes are upon You, O God the Lord;
In You I take refuge;
Do not leave my soul destitute.
Keep me from the snares they have laid for me,
And from the traps of the workers of iniquity.
Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
While I escape safely.
Many of the themes of the Psalms are directed toward the enemies of the Psalmist. In this life we do have enemies. Ours are identified by the world, the flesh and the devil. The world around us wants to force us into its mold. Romans 12:2 tells us not to be conformed to it. Our own flesh is against God for in our flesh nothing good dwells. Even though we are redeemed by the blood of Christ and given a new heart for God, our flesh is still tied to this world and has sinful desires that must be resisted. The devil is our constant enemy ever deceiving and desiring to draw us away from God.
As we face these enemies we must find our refuge in the Lord. Looking to Him we are able to see the temptations for the lies that they are. God will not leave our souls desolate for He has redeemed them from destruction.
Snares and traps are hunters tools designed to be invisible to the prey until they step into it. In our spiritual battles we don’t always see the snares and traps until we are caught in them. We seek the Lord to keep us from those snares and traps that our enemies lay out for us.
In fact, the Psalmist asks that the wicked around him be caught in their own traps while he safely escapes. I envision myself walking through a mine field unscathed, looking back and seeing the ones who planted the mines unable to get to me for fear of stepping on their own traps. God does lead us through the mine-fields of life but the wicked are on their own. God brings us out of temptation’s snares so that we can live victoriously giving glory to Him.
“Lord, lead us not into temptation today but delver us from the evil one for yours is the kingdom and the honor and the glory forever.”
Bonnie Verway was sent home to her daughter’s house yesterday. Nothing has changed in her condition. Pray for them all to know God’s peace in this time of transition from here to heaven.
Be in prayer for our college students to remain focused on the Lord and their studies. Pray for our school age kids to walk with the Lord and remain faithful to Him and to His word.
Have a great day in the Lord,