Psalm 31:1-5 - In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. 2 Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. 3 Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. 4 Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. 5 Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.
One of my greatest memories growing up in England was visiting some of the famous castles. So many of them would be perfect places in which to play Hide ‘n’ Seek! There are many times when we would love to find a fortress so that we can get away from “things.” The trouble is we take our “things” with us. I believe that too many people are seeking shelter in the wrong fortresses, but … when we take refuge in the Lord, it is a whole different matter! Jesus quoted verse 5 when He was on the cross and we can quote it when we are being bombarded by the world. It boils down to the matter of who or what is our refuge!
Who do you take refuge in? It seems to me that when peoe take refuge in other people, things, idialisms, ANYTHING other that what the Word says, then they are taking refuge in the wrong places! Refuge (as a bottom line) means seeking to be more like Jesus. I don't see a lot of that in today's world, even the "religious" world.
Prayer: Lord, may You always be my rock, my fortress, my deliverer. Amen