Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge (Psalm 16:1).
Did you know that this psalm is a miktam?
Says so, right here in my study Bible.
Do you know what a miktam is?
Neither do I.
Nor do the editors of my study Bible.
The best they can do–and trust me, it’s better than I could have done–is to point out that the term shows up in the title of psalms occasioned by great danger. So, when David is really stressed, really afraid, he sit down and knocks out a miktam.
Here’s another interesting bit, courtesy of the editors: In this moment of fear, when David cries out to God, he spends exactly five words pouring out the problem and his stress.
Keep me safe, O God
The remaining 197 words of the psalm–yes, I counted–are devoted to the reasons David trusts God to deliver him. That’s 2.4% of the psalm spent on petition, and 97.6% spent on praise.
Now, there’s a life.
Happy Thursday, Beloved.