Make it Your Michtam Moment
There is a Psalm that is called the Michtam of David (Psalm 16), and here comes the question: what exactly is a MICHTAM, and does it present a special significance to the believer today, for ME today? Well, let’s open the Bible and then also open our hearts to its Author, for the Spirit of God to teach us what that word means, and then for HIM to inspire us in our michtam moments with him. So, what about this michtam of David? At first sight to the reader, it certainly appears to be an Interesting word in the Hebrew language, and it is. Then, after learning of its definitive use, namely one’s meditating on his Lord, it becomes more than a word; it is now describing a most interesting spiritual activity, especially when it involved a “man after God’s own heart” (I Samuel 13:14). But how did David possess that heart? You see, the more the believer meditates on something or someone, the more that individual is becoming the subject of his meditation (good or bad, flesh or spiritual, evil or blessed of God). David did some serious spiritual reflection on his Lord in this inspirational SONG of reflective praise unto his Lord. This was a special occasion for the Psalmist; he was musing on WHO the Lord was in his life, and during that inspirational time, the Lord was overwhelming his soul. During this michtam moment, David loved his identification with his Lord, and wanted more of HIM. What God gave to him (a heart for him), the Lord also wants to give to us; BUT FIRST, as David, let us make and then cherish our michtam moments with our Lord, which in turn will bring life to our inner man. Want the life of God in your soul? Then, do you also want the heart of God? If you do, let us enter into and to cherish those MICHTAM MOMENTS, as David, a man after God’s own heart. Oh, make those moments happen with the SPIRIT of Psalm Sixteen, the “Golden Psalm” full of treasured truths of life.
This Psalm begins with “Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust” (v. 1) and finishes with “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (v. 11). Notice the meditation of David with his total surrendered trust in the Lord for HIS preservation throughout this Psalm, seen in each additional verse in context (vs. 2-11). The Lord was there for him in HIS provision, precepts, pathway, presence and protection, and that life blossomed to be one of “fullness of joy” and “pleasures for evermore” (v. 11) from his God on whom he mused. The reason is because of the Lord with whom he shared his MICHTAM MOMENTS, gave him life found in time spent with HIM. Yes, God’s intended life for him, filled with his joyful presence mounting to pleasures not found in man, but only in the Lord. But how? Well, his michtam moments with God translated to a very important spiritual precedent in life found in that time spent with God, His relationship was so purposefully fulfilled, he only had one recourse, he wanted more of what the Lord was giving him. Yes, he wanted more of God, and for that to happen, David said: “I have set the LORD always before me” (v. 8). That decision to bring HIM into a prioritized relationship only comes when man becomes more like the subject of his meditation, becoming more like him in a NOW living relationship with the Lord. Yes, a spiritual course of action came from his musing on the Lord that brought God’s power, bringing that life to fruition. So, let’s DO some michtam time with God, and follow through with some setting time, and then we can do some living time. Question: What are you setting before you, thinking that will bring you life. Fill in the blank: “I really love my ___! May it not be at the expense of the Lord, his ministry, your place in his local body, serving faithfully with the One, and building with our Jesus who stated “upon this rock, I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18), which is his purpose for you. Oh, put HIM FIRST, because: “In thy presence is fullness of joy, and at thy right-hand are pleasures for evermore.” Then comes the “therefore” (word study) “because of what went before.” “Therefore, my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth” (v. 9). How about your MICHTAM MOMENTS with HIM? “Any rejoicing from the Spirit of the One who giveth pleasures for evermore?”