Snares

Psalms 141:8-10

 

8 But my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord;

    in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!

9 Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me

    and from the snares of evildoers!

10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,

    while I pass by safely.

Focus, it is sometimes the difference between survival and destruction. I’m pretty sure all of us have seen the scene in a movie where one of the characters had to negotiate a very dangerous passage while someone else was telling them, “Don’t look down, look at me!” invariably they will look down and either freeze up or slip and have to be rescued. It is much the same way in our walk with God. We have to stay focused on who God is, where he is calling us, and how he wants us to travel. When we do we can have safe passage, when we don’t we find ourselves balanced dangerously on the edge of the trap that has been set for us.  

The Psalmist cried out asking God to keep him from the trap that had been laid for him. This is the promise, God is well able to keep us from the snares laid for us, when we look to him and pay attention to his commands. And just as in the movies, there is great satisfaction in watching the bad guys fall victim to their own schemes. God is a faithful and trustworthy protector of his people, he wants to be the hero that saves us from the wiles of the enemy and even from ourselves.