Summary: When we are being abused, we can be fully assured that God is our protection and our sufficiency when you follow R.E.F.U.G.E
Abuse? Then make God your R.E.F.U.G.E.
6 Steps In Dealing With An Abuse
A maskil of David, when he was in the cave.
1 To the Lord I cry out; to the Lord I plead for mercy.
2 I pour out my lament before him; I tell him about my troubles.
3 Even when my strength leaves me, you watch my footsteps.
In the path where I walk they have hidden a snare for me.
4 Look to the right and see! No one cares about me. I have nowhere to run; no one is concerned about my life.
5 I cry out to you, O Lord; I say, "You are my shelter, my security in the land of the living."
6 Listen to my cry for help, for I am in serious trouble! Rescue me from those who chase me, for they are stronger than I am.
7 Free me from prison, that I may give thanks to your name. Because of me the godly will assemble, for you will vindicate me.
1. *R* un away from the abuser.
Verse “0” (0 in the Hebrew Text)
A maskil of David when he was in the cave
Let Him know your situation
2. *E* motionally cry to God in distress.
Verses 1- 2
Let Him know your major concerns
Let Him know your babblings
3. *F* ind your limits.
Recognize your physical and emotional exhaustion (v. 3a)
Recognize that your enemies are setting traps for you (v. 3b)
Recognize that only God is your true friend (v. 4)
4. *U* tter your confidence in God.
He is your protection
He is your sufficient provision
5. *G* et God’s help.
Because you are helpless and your foes are much stronger than you (v. 6)
Because God knows a way out from your situation (v. 7a)
6. *E* ntreat His Promise.
“When we are being abused, we can be fully assured that God is our protection and our sufficiency when you follow R.E.F.U.G.E.”