Monday, July 27, 2015

I Will Take Refuge in the Lord

The psalmist states, "In the Lord I take refuge." 

David lived much of his life out on the hillsides and in caves fleeing from his enemies. Give David the choice of where to meet his enemies in battle. He would always choose the bush over the walled cities. He always made his enemies fight on his terms. Many may have attributed David’s success in battle to his uncanny ability to flee to his remote hiding places for refuge. His adviser may feel he is merely encouraging David to do what he has always done—flee to the mountains.

David reminds his people that the Lord is his refuge. David never hesitated to say that his Rock, his Fortress, his Hiding Place and his Refuge was God. 

Without God there was no refuge—no safe place. There is nothing wrong with personal planning as long it focuses on God. David was ingenious when it came to fighting his enemies, but he knew his plans would not succeed without God’s help. God was his only source of help.

The prophets reminded Israel of God’s promises.

God Is Very Personal

The writer of Psalms understands the validity of God’s promise. Therefore he takes refuge in God. The psalmist says, "He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates" (Psalms 11:4b-5). God observes us individually. His eye is upon each one of his children. 

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