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Summary: Turning to God for refuge - for healing - for overcoming and for strength

Reading: Psalm 62:1-12

Turn Always to the God of Power

At the first sign of trouble, who do you turn to? If it’s a legal issue do you quickly call your attorney?

If it’s a health issue, is the first thing you do – make a doctor’s appointment? Marital discord – Mom or Dad, perhaps Pastor? Bill Collectors, Automobile broken down, Teenager in trouble at School or with the Law, Burglaries, Assaults, and every bad situation that we can think of - Who is first on the list to call upon? I don’t know about you, but I dread to watch the gloom and doom of news presentations which are full of lies, insults to the intelligence of their audience, tainted politics, sports bent on divisiveness instead of unity and on and on.

After reading all of that, what hope is there for us? Who do we turn to?

The Loving Almighty Father – That’s Who! If we go to the Father first, openly, honestly and present our fears and hurts, He WILL listen. When we ask what shall we do; what can we do; who can we trust?

God, the Almighty will hear and will extend His love, trust and protection.

In our reading, David cries out to God. He feels the weight of his problems crushing in on him. David reflects on the fact that God has never let him down and the remembrance gives him peace and hope now.

“Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.” Vs. 1-2

Our trust is in God. Certainly, we may be led to seek advice, counsel, aid, remedy from man and God may well direct us to do so. The point is that we go to Him first. Just look what happened when Moses left Aaron in charge and went up the mountain. The people became restless and mistrusting, so, they decided to do it their way and erect an idol to worship. You remember the Golden Calf. How did that work out for them? Jonah, didn’t agree with God about ministering to the folks at Nineveh and went to Tarsus instead.

His way not God’s way, right? How’d that work out for him? How’d that tower of Babel work out? You get the picture. When we strike out on our own, looking to fix things ourselves and leave God out, it NEVER WORKS!

David knew this and knew to trust God. Here he is running all about in the dessert hiding from Saul’s army. David took refuge in caves and remote locations. But in fact, his refuge was in God. When we move farther from God, we move closer to discord and disaster.

God says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”. Psalm 46:10

Sometimes, we really must exercise that trust. Sometimes the answer is not immediate. Sometimes we must wait. However, all the time and every time, God is in charge.

Most churches have a prayer ministry of some kind. We do, and we daily petition the Lord to respond favorably, positively and faithfully with overcoming, healing, and otherwise positive outcomes for every request. Yes, it is a time-consuming process because there are a lot of names and needs that we mention – one by one. We have learned through this ministry that God is faithful, and we have seen it firsthand in answer after answer to our prayers.

When we see the hands of God at work, we realize just how weak we are and how strong and powerful He is.

God IS our refuge!

Let us pray

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