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Preserve me Lord!

Feb 09, 2013

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King David is someone who had tremendous experiences with God throughout his life. He is the one who said to us: “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” Psalm 22:3 KJV. He also told us,

“The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.

Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.

The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.

Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.

Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O Lord.

For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.” Psalm 97


While shepherding his father’s sheep in the wilderness, David played on his harp and worshipped the Maker of all things. Day after day, he learned to enter into and experience the presence of Almighty God. From this experience and many other experiences with the Lord, the Psalmist gave us the many precious Psalms that we have come to love and appreciate. And it is one of these Psalms that will speak to us today.

“Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy.  Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.” Psalm 86:1, 2

Not only does David plead with the Lord God to pay attention to him and to hear his cries, but he calls upon the Lord to do something so profound that I had to share it with you! “Preserve my soul, O thou my God,” was David’s cry.

Have you ever cried to God with such deep cries that words do not escape your lips, but agonizing groans that reaches deep into heaven and touches the heart of God like nothing else? I have a feeling that you have.

Well, David’s cry was not necessarily as deep, but for sure his request was as profound. He cried, “Lord, preserve my soul!”

When I look at the word “preserve,” I think of a pickle in a bottle full of vinegar. Nothing on the outside of that bottle can touch that pickle. Nothing can affect it to cause decay or damage. It cannot be destroyed as long as it is in the vinegar. It is preserved.

This is the picture I get when I think of David’s request to be preserved.

I think of myself, that if I were to ask God to preserve me, then I am asking him to take me and put me into a bottle full of preservative. And that preservative dear friend is nothing, but Holy Spirit. I am asking Him to saturate me, waterlog me, and soak me in His Holy Spirit just like someone would soak a pickle in a bottle full of vinegar. I am then well preserved.

There are three words that come to mind in thinking of being preserved: Protection, prevention and provision. When you pray, “Lord provide for me, protect me and prevent evil in my life,” you have asked the Lord for preservation.

God bless you.

Pastor David Ramiah