Your Refuge

Read: Psalm 57

When was the last time that you experienced fear? Obviously there are different levels of anxiety and fear but many of the Psalms remind us that God is our safe refuge in those times that we are scared and unsure of what lies ahead.

Psalm 57 was written by David as a song when he was fleeing from King Saul and hiding in a cave. I remember back to last May when I toured the the cliffs of En Gedi and saw some of these very caves that David might have hid in. En Gedi is an oasis in the middle of Israel that is located to the west of the Dead Sea and near the caves of Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered in the 1940’s. and 1950’s.

It’s hard to imagine the fear that could have overcame David when he was hiding from Saul there. He knew that Saul was out to take his very life. And yet in this 57th Psalm we hear David pleading for God’s mercy and crying out for God to save him. How many times have we been there?

Anyone who lives in this world is going to face times of trial, anxiety, and fear. But our response to those unpleasant feelings is key to our ability to overcome them. In fact, we need God to help us overcome them. David knew that and in these verses we hear of God’s refuge that covers him in his time of great distress.

The Life Group that I am in here at our church right now is studying and discussing church history. We are currently watching a movie about Martin Luther who started the reformation in the 1500’s with his publication of 95 Thesis. Luther himself had some thoughts on this. He said…

“God and the devil take opposite tactics in regard to fear. The Lord first allows us to become afraid, that he might relieve our fears and comfort us. The devil, on the other hand, first makes us feel secure in our pride and sins, that we might later be overwhelmed with fear and despair.”

You see, sometimes we need to feel anxiety and fear to realize that God is our refuge from the things of this world. When we turn to him, acknowledge our trust in him, and cry out to him, he responds with his deliverance. The devil just wants us to think we can figure all of this out on our own. When we try that we realize that it is an exercise in futility.

Psalm 57:2-3 says, “I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me, God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.” God saved David and God will save you, if you call out to him for refuge.

Make it personal: All of us have different levels of fear and anxiety at different times of our lives. I may not know what level you are experiencing right now, but I know where you can find refuge. It’s in the shadow of God’s wings. He loves you, cares for you, and wants to restore your peace! Cry out to Him today!

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church