Day 13: True Refuge

"In thee, O LORD, do I seek refuge."

A psalm of David, Psalm 31:1, RSV 


Every one seeks refuge. Homeowners put locks on their doors and security systems throughout their homes. People make all sorts of investments in hopes that they will keep them safe in times of trouble. Nations spend big money on building up their military to protect them from their enemies.


When we are young we memorize our addresses and phone numbers so that if we are ever lost we can get back home to the refuge of Mom and Dad. Schools are having to go to inordinate trouble to make sure that their campus is a refuge from the evil that might want to harm the kids who have been entrusted to their care. 


All of these things are well and good as long as we do not get too carried away, but isn't it interesting how those who spend so much time on their physical safety often give so little thought to the One who is able to provide a true refuge. 


King David knew something about the need for refuge. He had survived attacks from wild animals and large human beings. He was continually attacked by the enemies of his nation and his king. Then he was attacked by his own king and had to seek refuge from his own country men.


In all of this, David not only survived but thrived! How did he do this? What was David's refuge in times of trouble? You just read it for yourself - the LORD was his refuge. And the LORD never let David down - not one time!


Would you like to have that kind of refuge in a mean old world that just seems to have gone mad? You can have it any time you choose, but you do have to choose! And if you will seek God and do your very best to walk in obedience to Him, then you and your family will have the one true refuge that has never been overcome: This refuge is the LORD!


Do you have true refuge?


"Yea, though art my rock and my fortress;

for Thy name's sake, lead me and guide me,

take me out of the net which is hidden for me,

for Thou art my refuge.

Into Thy hand I commit my spirit;

Thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God."

Psalms 31:3-5, RSV 


Today is the 13th day of the 30 day challenge to read through the Old Testament books of wisdom, with Psalms 31-40 being the reading for today. May God richly bless you as you seek refuge and peace in the only One who is truly able to provide them!