The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;
For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
- Psalm 9:9-10
In our contemporary world, we don't typically consider ourselves in need of refuge like the Israelites did in the Bible. We hear how they were slaves for 40 years and automatically count ourselves out of that, but are you or were you someone who was in a dark place, maybe lost, confused about your purpose, or in troubled times? Maybe you were feeling as if you were in bondage, locked up in a cage with your thoughts, drowning in self doubt and insecurities. How long has it been of you going through that? Has it been a couple of months or possibly a few years?
I’ve been there before, I felt as if I was chained up in fear for many years. Fear had such a hold on me. Anxiety was controlling me. I was going through so much with personal family issues, school, work, and friends all at the same time that I feared each day and I feared the future. I didn’t know my purpose, I didn’t know my healer, my Father, my provider, my redeemer and my deliverer. I was wrapped up in anxiety. I allowed anxiety to rule me, rule my thoughts, and hold me hostage. I was a slave to fear. I felt very unsafe and weak. Psalm 46:1 tells us that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.” That verse gave me hope, it let me know that God wanted to help me, He wanted to take me out of that bondage I was in.
The definition of a refuge is a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble. Refuge is a safe haven, an asylum, a sanctuary, a place of safety, and that is who God is to us.
After feeding myself with the Word of God, I found my freedom. I was able to finally put my trust in God. I now see Him as my hiding place, my safe place; He set me free from being a slave to fear. We can put our trust and confidence in the truth that God is our refuge. Know that He delights in keeping us safe. In any situation we are in (big or small), rest assured that God is our deliverer, our refuge in times of need, and He will not forsake those who seek Him.
Psalm 32:7 says that God is our hiding place; He preserves the righteous from trouble, and He surrounds the righteous with songs of victory and deliverance. Moses and the Israelites sang a song of deliverance from slavery in Exodus 15:1: God has triumphed gloriously, the horse and its rider, God has thrown into the sea. Israel expressed joy for God’s victory over Pharaoh and the Egyptians. God destroyed Israel’s enemy.
Just like He did that for Israel, we can read that and be assured that the battle we might be in right now, belongs to Him. He will be a fortress for you and fight for you. All we have to do is to take shelter under His shadows and continue to praise and worship Him like the people of Israel did. As you make the secret place of God your dwelling place, know that every enemy, every difficult situation that seeks to oppress you, deceive you, restrict you, weaken you, confuse you, or even derail you from God’s purpose, God will deal with that for you. We are to simply abide in Him.
1. What battles are you fighting right now? What fears and doubts have you been in bondage to?
2. Have you asked the Lord to fight that battle for you and truly laid it at His feet? Have you sought refuge in God for those things?
3. Take some time to seek His Word. I would encourage you to read all of the book of Psalms and the full story of the Israelites in Exodus as well to build up your faith and confidence in God.
4. Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.” Make God your hiding place today and you will find unshakable safety in Him.
God, we glorify You, we lift You up in confidence knowing that everything is in Your hands. We thank You for sending Jesus to redeem us, to deliver us and set us free. We ask You to stand as our refuge and protect us from all calamities. Father, we surrender all to You and trust You right now in the current situations we may be dealing with. We are calling upon Your name, pouring out our hearts to You. We are confident that in You, we are safe. I thank You Father that we already have victory over sin and death through Jesus. Help me to live my daily life to reflect that freedom and victory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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