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"I Will Say Of The Lord, He Is My Refuge"
"He who has God for his portion has all safety in Him." - Adam Clarke
"God at all times deserves our confidence. We at all times need to place our confidence in Him." - Charles Spurgeon
Throughout the Scriptures, we find that God is a "refuge" for His people.
What is a "refuge" and why is it so important that we have one in God?
A "refuge" - Scripturally speaking - is a place of security...a high place...a strong place...a secure height...or something inaccessibly high. It is a high tower that is so impregnable that the hosts of hell cannot carry it away by storm. It is a place where the Christian can flee to for safety in the time of danger. It is an impenetrable and sure defense - likened to a lofty wall or a fortress. A metaphor oftentimes used to describe it is young birds seeking protection under the wings of the parent bird. The brood of a hen takes shelter under her wings when they see a bird of prey or are caught in a storm or tempest of rain.
This lesson may not have as great an impact on you - except that right now you find yourself in one of the greatest spiritual battles of your life. It seems as though everything has been turned upside down or inside out - as far as your life is concerned.
Who do you run to? Where do you go to find shelter from the "storm"?
O Christian, run to your God! He will be a refuge for you.
David knew what it was like to encounter enemies and dangers - both physical and spiritual. He learned by experience to place all of his trust in God Who would always be the surest "refuge" for him. Hence, we find throughout the Psalms different references to the Lord being the greatest and most reliable "refuge" for His people.
Psalm 9:9 says - "The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble." Are you feeling crushed by your circumstances...broken...dejected...afflicted...downtrodden...and unhappy? Have you been wronged by someone? Are you a victim of tyranny or injustice? Here is a promise that God will be your defense - your place of security where your enemies can neither reach you nor see you.
In Psalm 46, we find many references to God being a "refuge" for His people. Psalm 46:1 opens up with - "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:7 and 11 then repeatedly add - "The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah." David wanted to get across to us that we do have a place to flee in times of danger. That place is found in our God. He is the "Lord of hosts." That means that He is the God Who commands, orders, or marshals all the hosts of heaven. He is the Almighty - the One Who is the Commander of heaven's armies. However, as much as He is high and mighty as the "Lord of hosts," He is also the "God of Jacob" - the One Whom Jacob found to be his friend. This God is "our refuge." He is our High Place Who is far above the reach of our enemies.
Psalm 57 was written at the time that David was fleeing from Saul in the cave. We realize the intensity of the battle he was facing when we read his opening prayer - "Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in Thee: yea, in the shadow of Thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast"(Psalm 57:1). David realized that he was no match for Saul and his armies. Hence, he placed himself under the protection and covering of God's wings. Just as a brood of a hen takes shelter under her wings until the storm is past or the bird of prey is gone, so did David hide in His God from Saul.
Afterwards, he was able to boldly proclaim - " But I will sing of Thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of Thy mercy in the morning: for Thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble"(Psalm 59:16)... "In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God"(Psalm 62:7) and "I cried unto Thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living"(Psalm 142:5). In all attacks - open or covered - He found God to be a sure refuge. He fled to Him whenever he was pursued and consistently found safety and protection.
When he declared - "Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living" - David was saying that God was his only refuge among the living. He found other "refuges" to be "refuges of lies"(Isaiah 28:17).
Because of his life-threatening experiences fleeing from Saul, David is able to instruct the Christian with words of great wisdom and understanding of the battles that he personally faces. In Psalm 62:8, he strongly urges him to - "Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us." In all his times of trouble...upon all occasions...upon every emergency...or when in danger or in want, the believer can confide in his God. He can live a life of total dependence upon Him. All he has to do is give full expression to his feelings and allow all emotions, wishes, sorrows, and troubles to flow out of his heart as water. He need not hide anything from the Almighty. What will God's response be? He will be a "refuge" for His child.
Did you know that the world will ridicule you for making God your "refuge"? That is how much the devil hates for the people of God to place all their confidence in Him rather than another man or the world's system. Psalm 14:6 says - "Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge." Here we have the poor - those who - in their poverty, affliction, or trouble - have come to the Lord and placed their total trust in Him. Because they did so, they are now the butt of the jest or scorn of the heathen - under their constant ridicule.
There is something so important about having an understanding concerning God as your refuge in your Christian walk. Did you realize that Moses also spoke of God being a "refuge" for the people of God? In Psalm 91:2, he wrote - "I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust" and then added in Psalm 91:9 - "Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation." Repeatedly, he said that the Lord was his "refuge." This was something that his soul desired and felt that he needed.
Do you daily confess and claim God as your "refuge" ? Perhaps you need to start.
It is crucial that we get this revelation deep into our heart and soul. God is a "refuge" for us. He is our only "refuge." Whenever troubles arise, let us prove that by running to Him and Him alone and not to man or the world system for help.
If we do not claim Him as our "refuge," then we will join the multitudes who are claiming a "refuge of lies"(Isaiah 28:17) for their protection and safety.
May God Bless His Word.