Have you ever been at the receiving end of encouragement; when people tell you to take refuge in Him? But when you are all alone, you didn’t even know how to do it?
When I was a child, I usually hear and sing along to the song while at the church:
He that dwelleth in the secret place of Most High; shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
And I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, My God in whom I will trust.
I know the words and the melody, but at that time, it was only a stock knowledge. I don’t even know how to make God my refuge. Until my grandfather was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1996. I have been praying to God and that is the time I have started to apply in my life to dwell in God’s words and promises. At that time, I didn’t know yet, that being in God’s word, meditating it, praying the psalms to God, is actually an act of taking refuge in Him.
As different circumstances come into my life, from one season to another, I have been learning to trust and abide in His words. Proverbs 30:5 says: ”Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him”.
In the scriptures, God has been emphasizing that His words are trustworthy. He said that He is not a man that He should lie (Number 23:19). Even if the grass withers and the flowers fade, the Word of God will stand forever (Isaiah 40:8). And what can be more assuring than this:
Thus says the Lord: “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)
In Psalm 19, David listed down some of the benefits when we abide in God’s Word:
- God’s word revives our souls (v7)
- It makes the wise simple (v7)
- Gives joy to our hearts (v8)
- Gives light to our eyes (v8)
- God’s words warn us from sins and dangers (v11)
- Following God’s word will give us a guarantee that we will succeed
We can take refuge in God’s word because God’s word is perfect in every way (Psalm 19:7). Each of His commandment is right (Psalm 19:9), and nothing He says ever needs to be changed (Psalm 19:9). Because of all these reasons, we can be assured that God will be there for us as our refuge and shield, covering us with His mighty wings despite the storms we are in right now.
Note: This is a continuation of my reflections and God’s impression on my word for the week Refuge.