A Mikhtam is a poem. I long to be as poetic as David in my prayers. The real meaning of Mikhtam intends the poem to record memorable thoughts ~ engraving it upon the soul. David certainly had the Lord engraved upon his heart. David knew where to go when he needed refuge.
Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.
I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You.”
As for the saints who are in the earth,
They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.
God is my refuge from every storm; every need I have He is my source. He is all I have in this world and He is all I need. You don’t need to worry that He will change course or be too busy; He is there when we come to Him; when we call out His Name. He has only good things for us.
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. ~ James 1:17 NASB
The sorrows of those who have bartered
for another god will be multiplied;
I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood,
Nor will I take their names upon my lips.
In this season of remembering the sacrifice Christ gave, I lift up in prayer and will not forget all of those in places that seem a world away, that are losing their lives for the sake of the cross. I remember those, too, that are suffering and losing their lives to a cruel evil that will not relent ~ regardless of their religion. The same evil hunts and terrorizes those that will not bow the knee to a false god. They will reap their reward from the Coming King.
The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You support my lot.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.
Take refuge in the Lord, He has promised many things to those that are faithful; and He will not relent in fulfilling His Word to you.
I will bless the Lord who has counseled me;
indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.
I am asleep but my heart is awake listening for the voice of my beloved. ~ Song of Solomon 5:2
I have set the Lord continually before me;
because He is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices;
my flesh also will dwell securely.
For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
God did not abandon Christ ~ this prose is about Him; He will not abandon you. He is The Refuge: for safety, security, peace, rest and joy. All that you need, HE is.
You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.