“He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.” (Psalm 144:2)
We praise the Savior who can deliver us from trouble and who will deliver because He loves us. God is our refuge and salvation because He loves us, in spite of our human fallibility. He could have made us perfect, but instead He gave us the choice to return His love through our willing obedience and love for Him.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, instead of giving us brains to only love You, You made us perfectly human beings, with the ability to freely choose only You as our God and refuge. For it is in His name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“We become like what we worship.”
“Therefore say: ‘This what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.’” (Ezekiel 11:16)
God always provides a refuge, or sanctuary, for His people. That sanctuary of refuge is the Lord Himself. In Isaiah 8:13-14 we are told that fear, terror, and plotting are not of God. Salvation from the enemy is the chief concern. Isaiah was calling for faith and reverential worship of God, for only God can be a rock of holy refuge. Where do you seek refuge, beloved, in things of this world, or from the One who created the world?
“O Lord, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress, to you the nations will come from 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. His power alone testifies that He is he one true God, and He seeks to teach this to all nations.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” (Nahum 1:7)
Because the Lord is good, He is a refuge for us all in troubled times. Those who trust in Him will not be disappointed with His care. The doctrine of salvation is based on the character and power of the one true God.