Permanently stained, with the love of God

Fr Leo Benjamin Pastor

Psalm 16:1 {michtam of David} “Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.” {Michtam} The meaning is to be engraved, or to have a permanent stain on our life.  Here David is reflecting on the effect that God has had on his life. He sees God as being etched or permanently stained on his heart and soul.  As we learn to live the redemptive lifestyle of our Christian faith, our heart being wounded, permanently stained, with the love of God, Jesus’ love is engraved or stained on our mind, will and emotion, meaning His love is engraved on our very souls. Just like David, when we experienced the love of God in our lives, when each of us accepted and experienced His sacrifice individually, Jesus’ unconditional love helped each of us to understand what David felt so many years ago.  He knew this love could preserve him and in it, he could put his trust. We realize that it is so much more than just a story.  From the Cross, the sacrificial love of God is an experience that is engraved on our souls.

Many of us think that this is too hard to understand. It really is so difficult to really know this kind of love. Yet life has a way of revealing to all of us that we each in our own degree, have the capacity to experience and understand what it means to have our soul permanently stained and engraved with the love of God our soul.

You may wonder how you can experience this in your life.  We have all experienced this engraving, except it has not been founded in love. Each of us knows what’s it’s like to have emotional wounds.  We have suffered one way or another since our childhood with of the fear of abandonment, mental and or physical abuse, Injustice, the fear of rejection, humiliation & betrayal. These wounds have so affected our lives that in many cases we don’t even realize how stained and engraved our souls are. It’s no wonder that we can’t trust anymore.

David’s experience is an example of how to allow the {michtam}, this staining or engraving on our soul, in a beautiful way.

David continues in Psalm 16:3-4 “But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight. Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.” Many times, not realizing it, we hasten after other gods and drink their offerings of blood, allowing their influence in our life. When this happens, we find our heart hardened, refusing to be healed by Gods Word. Jesus reminds us in Matthew 13:15 “For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” Our human nature is to hold onto our painful wounds, these wounds have engraved and intensely stained in our lives.

When you personally experience God’s love, when you are stained and engraved with His love, you will be able to say like David in Psalm 16:11 “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

It’s okay to have your soul stained and engraved, when it is with the love of God.  Then you, like David, will know what it is like to have The Lord walk with you in the path of life, receiving from His hand pleasure from above!

To understand michtam מִכְתָּם  Strong’s H4387 you need to study the noun from its root Strong’s H3799 כָּתַם


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