“He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” (Psalm 62:2, 8)
God the Savior provides rest for His people. In Old Testament times, salvation was largely thought of as deliverance from perils in this earthly life, but notice the personal intimacy pictured here in finding security in God. Salvation is no an objective event where I will and my enemy loses. It is a state of security and confidence in God no matter what the material circumstances.
Salvation as refuge means making God our rock and our fortress. The Lord is a refuge for the individual and the nation. We can unload all our troubles on Him, trusting Him completely.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You are our refuge, in all storms in our lives. It is You that those of the Old Testament were assured they could turn to. In the New Testament, we are told to turn to the Messiah, the one you sent to this earth, to learn about us and how we live, how we handle situations and most importantly, to whom do we turn to in when we find ourselves in trouble in body, mind and spirit. Jesus became our Mediator between us and You. This does not mean we can never turn to You. We are connected through the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Thus, we have resources always available to us in any situation. We may pray to God or we might pray to Jesus, but even the Holy Spirit comes to our aid, when cannot ever utter a sound, by relaying our needs to You and the Son. This we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”
“See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. Each man will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. The mid of the rash will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear. No longer will the fools be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected. For the fool speaks folly, his mind is busy with evil: He practices ungodliness and spreads error concerning the Lord; the hungry he leaves empty and from the thirsty he withholds water. The scoundrel’s methods are wicked, he makes up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just. But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.” (Isaiah 32:1-8)
Isaiah saw hope of Israel in an ideal king to rule over them. These rulers would be a refuge for the people of God. No human ruler fulfilled the vision of a wise, good, God-fearing king. The doctrine of salvation teaches that while leaders and people should seek to be the kind of refuge here described, ultimately only Jesus Christ can perfectly fulfill this hope. He alone brings true nobility to our world.
“O Lord, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress, to you the nations will come form the ends of he earth and say, ‘Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good..’” (Jeremiah 16:19)
God is the refuge for all the nations of the earth. His salvation requires the destruction of all idols. His salvation is available to all who will acknowledge Him and Him alone. The power of God testifies that He is the one true God. God seeks to teach this to all nations.
Second Thought of the Day:
“The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble. But the Lord will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.” (Joel 3:16)
Nations like Israel, Egypt, and Edom are involved, but the day of the Lord will be no ordinary day. Supernatural events are prophesied to accompany that day. I will be a time of God’s intervention and the end of the present order.
God will provide protection for His people but destruction for their enemies. Forgiveness will be given God’s people. The Lord is a refuge to His people, even when He roar like a hungry lion against His enemies. This, of course, is an illustration how prophecy merged into eschatology (end times).