In Psalm 11, David sings a song of confidence beginning with a phrase that expresses his resolute trust in God. He says, “In the LORD I take refuge.” Today, I want us to consider that beautiful idiom. Taking refuge is when you seek protection from danger in a place that is stable and secure. Year after year, scores of refugees come into our country for that reason. The United States are a stable and secure place for them as they flee oppression and danger from their own countries. Well, the people of God in the Old Testament often expressed their trust in God in these terms.
Sometimes they say the same thing as David, “I take refuge in the LORD.” Other times they describe God as the place of refuge: “But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge” (Psalm 73:28). Or “I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust” (Psalm 91:2). This wonderful motto of trust says much about who God is for His people and how we should respond to Him in times of trouble. God is the safe place of protection to which we can flee in times of physical, spiritual, or even national troubles. That’s what David was doing in Psalm 11. He fled to the Lord as his safe place.
This doesn’t mean God would never allow harm to befall David and it doesn’t mean God will protect us from trials or harm. Taking refuge in God does mean that you are trusting in Him to take care of you in the midst of your trouble and even if there are more troubles on the way. When you take refuge in something physical, like a storm shelter during a tornado, you are trusting that it will take care of you in the storm. And taking refuge in God is trusting that He will take care of you in the storm. He may not remove the storm, but He’ll keep you secure through it.
Reader, are you going through a storm? If you are, take refuge in the Lord. In His presence is the best and safest place to be. Flee to the Lord as a place of security. There is no need to fear situations that threaten your well-being, whether in a physical or spiritual sense. Not only because no situation is outside of God’s control, but because God is a place of refuge for you. As Solomon said, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe” (Prov. 18:10).
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