GOD OUR REFUGE

Devotional Type : LIVING WORD DEVOTIONAL

Dated b/f : FEBRUARY 2

Topic : GOD IS OUR REFUGE

My salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior. ..2 Samuel 22:3*

David had sought refuge in the mountains countless times while being hunted by King Saul. He knew both the discomfort of being exposed and vulnerable, and the peace of being safely tucked away in a strong fortress. 

Now David, as an old man, writes a hymn of praise to God, after being delivered once again, and calls God his salvation, his tower, his refuge.

Do you have a refuge? Perhaps not from a ravaging army, but from a smarting conscience? Do you have a safe place to run when you realize that there are sins in your past that cannot be undone, mistakes that cannot be corrected, wrongs that cannot be righted?

When your sins come rushing in on you, when you come to realize how far short you have fallen of the perfect and good standard of God, then your first tendency may be to save yourself - but you cannot be a refuge for yourself. 

You need Someone else to shelter you from the just wrath of God. You need the perfect goodness and atoning sacrifice of Jesus to be your refuge, your high tower of defense.

When you feel exposed and helpless before the storms of life, when the powers of darkness seem to have laid a seige around you and help seems to come from nowhere, know that Jesus Christ is a strong tower, a refuge into which you can run and find safety. 

This refuge will last, the tower will hold, this Savior will save. The name of the Lord is a strong tower. Run to Him and He will save you from all your troubles.

*Prayer:* _Lord, You are my strong tower and refuge. In You I am completely covered._

*Scriptural Reading:* 2 Samuel 22:1-18

1     Then David spoke to the Lord the words of this song, on the day when the Lord had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. And he said: “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. 

2     And he said: “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; 

3     The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence. 
4     I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies. 
5     When the waves of death surrounded me, The floods of ungodliness made me afraid. 

6     The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me. 
7     In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry entered His ears. 

8     “Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations of heaven quaked and were shaken, Because He was angry. 
9     Smoke went up from His nostrils, And devouring fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it. 

10     He bowed the heavens also, and came down With darkness under His feet. 
11     He rode upon a cherub, and flew; And He was seen upon the wings of the wind. 

12     He made darkness canopies around Him, Dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. 
13     From the brightness before Him Coals of fire were kindled. 

14     “The Lord thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice. 
15     He sent out arrows and scattered them; Lightning bolts, and He vanquished them. 

16     Then the channels of the sea were seen, The foundations of the world were uncovered, At the rebuke of the Lord, At the blast of the breath of His nostrils. 

17     “He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters. 

18     He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me; For they were too strong for me.

NKJV

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