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When in Danger (Psalm 119:109)

My life is continually in my hand, yet I do not forget Your law.
Psalm 119:109

The phrase, “My life is continually in my hand,” is used in other texts that help us understand its meaning.

In the following text, Jephthah uses this phrase to speak of the danger he is in.

“When I saw that you would not deliver me, I took my life in my hands and crossed over against the sons of Ammon, and the Lord gave them into my hand. Why then have you come up to me this day to fight against me?”
Judges 12:3

The witch at Endor also uses this phrase to speak of the danger that Saul placed her in.

The woman came to Saul and saw that he was terrified, and said to him, “Behold, your maidservant has obeyed you, and I have taken my life in my hand and have listened to your words which you spoke to me.”
1 Samuel 28:21

The psalmist’s life is in constant danger; nevertheless, he is not distracted from God’s law. He is careful and disciplined so that he keeps God’s law on the forefront of his mind.

It seems to me that professing Christians often use dire circumstances as a reason to push back from God’s law. They have no time to meditate on God’s word because they allow their minds to be both distracted from God’s word and absorbed with their circumstances.

Fellow believer, keep in mind that when difficult circumstances come into your life, you ought to strive all the more to meditate on God’s word. Keep it a priority in your life. Determine to learn all that God wants to teach you in the midst of your circumstances and keep alert to the ministry opportunities you will have because of your circumstances.

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58