Summary: Be still and know...
God Is Our Refuge
April 17, 2011
One of the great truths of the Christian life is that there is great peace. Even when everything seems to be falling apart there is peace in knowing that:
#1- God protects us from all harm
God is our refuge
A refuge is a place to hide from danger. God is a mighty bulwark, a strong defensive wall, in which we hide from our afflictions.
The Psalms praise Him saying,
Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast (Psalm 57:1).
We’ll stay under His wings and in His care as long as we need a refuge. But look; He is our refuge,
In all our weakness God is our strength. He is the one who defeated sin and death and who will destroy our adversary. He is unconquerable and Lord of all. By His might He gives life and accomplishes His will. He can “look on everyone that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place” (Job 40:12).
He is our refuge and our strength and He is
a very present help in trouble.
This word for “present” is also translated as “found” in other parts of the Bible. God’s presence is “exceedingly” “found” in our troubles. He is near us and He helps us. I love to be near my wife and children, but there is only so much they can do to help. They can’t save me from death or sin or other calamities; my faith and beliefs cannot save me; I can’t save myself—I’m no real refuge at all!
But the Almighty Lord of Heaven and earth is my help in all times of trouble because He is always near.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore (Psalm 121:1-8).
#2- There is no reason to be afraid
2Therefore will not we fear,
Wow! What a great conclusion. Since God is our refuge and strength who’s exceedingly found present, we will not fear. Notice that it doesn’t say we have no troubles—it says He is present in our troubles so we don’t fear. We do walk through the valley of the shadow of death, but we fear no evil for He is with us (Ps. 23).
though the earth be removed,
Look at how devastating the troubles can be: the earth is removed!
and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though the strength of the earth be brought low and carried away into the depths of the sea,
3Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled,
Even when the oceans threaten with their awful roars and the waves rise far above our heads,
though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
When the whole world falls apart and is violence, yet we will not fear. Selah—think on it.
This verse makes me think of Isaiah 43:
But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:
Nothing can touch us.
4There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved:
What is the river? Think about these verses:
For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water (Jer. 2:13).
In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness (Zech 13:1).