When our two daughters began dating, and until their Senior High School Prom, at some point, when I was going to leave one of my daughters in the care and protection of a young man, I would go to them, at a school event, ball game, church, wherever they might be, and with her present, I would say to the young man, who would be responsible for her upon me leaving, “You got her right?”
Anything less than a straight look into my eyes and a firm, confident, “Yes sir.”, would not be accepted.
I like the word “protect”.
I take the responsibility of protecting another person very seriously.
Maybe to an extreme.
King David did as well.
He was being chased by Saul, and one of Saul’s bodyguards was ordered to kill all the priests that had been loyal to King David.
So, Doeg did, he killed eighty five of the priests, their families, their livestock, everything was killed.
Except one priest, Abiathar, who escaped.
When Abiathar, made his way to David, David told him this, “Stay here with me, and I’ll protect you with my own life. And harm to you will be over my dead body.” I Samuel 22:23
Who in your life would you protect to the death?
Your death, not theirs.
What and who has God given to you to protect?
And are you doing so?
“Stay here with me, and I’ll protect you with my own life.”
And how could David make such a promise?
Because God protected David in the same manner.
“He fills me with strength and protects me wherever I go.” Psalm 18:32