June 7th 2010

My Refuge

“But you, O LORD, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy mountain. I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.”
Psalm 3:3-6 (NLT)

Let me paint this picture a little bit for you–I want to put you in David’s shoes: Your son is out to kill you. You have nothing to do but run.  You leave everything.  You could have killed your son, but you would rather let him live and you make the sacrifice.  You leave a fancy house and all your friends.  You live the next years of your life in the mountains running from your son.  You have nothing to wake up to in the morning except the thought of “tens of thousands” of people who are out to kill you because of your son, whose army is out to get you.  You have nothing but your thoughts, and while running from your enemies, you run right into the arms of your heavenly Father.

When all hell breaks loose against you where do you have to run to?  Where can you hide?  What would be better than running into the refuge that only your First Love can provide?  David would have had every right in the world to think that his First Love had left him and that he was on his own this time.  Chances are, in a similar situation, we would have a tendency to give up and run to the arms of a false security.  But David ran right into the arms of Love.  He took refuge in the only one who could keep him from the hand of the enemy.

David cried out to the Lord, “you have your protection around me, you won’t let the enemy hurt your child.”  It was like he was saying; you pick my head up when there is no reason to live other than you. When it seems like all else fails, your glory still remains. When I awake you sustain me, you give me something to hold on to, to lean on. I can’t stand on my own two feet. I need you. I cry and I know you will hear me. When all is against me, all I need to know is that you are for me.

No matter how hard life was for David he didn’t blame or question God. He ran right to Him.  When he had every reason to be mad and to feel he was left standing alone…he knew that God was running towards him.  Not from him but to him…he knew he was hurt and needed the hands of the Healer to hold his weary and broken body.

The Lord is doing the same thing for us every day.  He is always near us, crying out to us to take refuge in the arms of love.  We know when we are hurting that it is easy to run to a friend or family member before God, but in the long run the only true healing will come when we take it to the only one who heals.  Deuteronomy 33:27 says, “The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you.  He drives out the enemy before you…”

A lot of times we blame things on God and ask why they are happening to us. But if we would take hard times the way David did, and look at them as an opportunity to curl up in the Father’s lap instead of blaming and pointing fingers, we could truly say that the Lord is our strength. Salvation doesn’t mean that things won’t ever go wrong or that we will never have problems in life. It just means that when those times come we have someone’s arms to collapse in.

Father, thank you that you promise to be with me when I face difficult times. Please be with me in the trials of life I have right now.

Study by Fraser Murdoch 

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