Tag Archive | god is our refuge and strength

Isaiah 25:4 ” You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.”

I think David summed up the verse above best when he wrote, ” It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” (Psalm 118:8)  If COVID 19 has shown us anything it’s just how frail we are and how precarious our way of life is.  This virus has exposed to us that mankind is extremely vulnerable and as a whole powerless against it.  So as David wrote, we can’t depend on man to protect us…only God can do that.  In Psalm 55 when David was overwhelmed with fear he, “hurried to my place of shelter far from the tempest and storm.”   Our trust then must be in God not man, for He is our rock where we can take refuge…that place of calm and peace, where we can feel safe.

Psalm 37: 39-40 ” The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him. “

An interesting Hebrew meaning for the word “salvation” here  is to be rescued either personally, spiritually, or nationally…and right now, the nations of the world could sure use some deliverance from all the distress, calamity, and frightening events surrounding this Corona virus.   It’s time to stand in the gap for the nations and seek deliverance from the Lord.  And how better to pray than to pray Scriptures back to God.       Father, we lift all the nations of the world to You and ask for deliverance from this evil called COVID 19, (Psalm 3:8)  For we know all those who take refuge in You are blessed (Psalm 2:12) and that You will never forsake anyone who seeks You. (Psalm 9:10)     We thank You for sending help (Psalm 20:2) as Your Spirit encamps around us (Psalm 34:7)…  so we humbly beseech You to save our nations from this enemy. (Psalm 18:48)  In the precious Name of Jesus…   Amen

Isaiah 40:1 ” Comfort, comfort My people, says your God.”

Right now in these uncertain and troubling times, we are all looking for comfort.  Looking for encouragement, hope, and reassurance to displace the fear and apprehension we’re feeling and witnessing around us.  Chapter 40 of Isaiah starts out with this verse, telling us that God is there to give us strength and hope…that His word stands forever (verse 8) and ends with these powerful words, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.”  (verses 29-30)  Our comfort will be found in God and God alone…for in Him we will find hope and strength for another day.

Isaiah 25: 4 ” You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.”

Both the words refuge and shade essentially mean the same thing here in this verse…a place of protection.  Psalm 107: 27-29 gives us a vivid picture of when we are battered by the storms of life, “They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits end.”  But it doesn’t need to be that way if we will call out to God.  For He is our shelter, our shade, our refuge, and our hiding place from the storm. (Isaiah 4:6)  And in this place of protection…we can finally experience peace.

Psalm 141:8 ” But my eyes are fixed on You, O Sovereign Lord; in You I take refuge…”

As a good defense maneuver, being positioned high up in the rocks afforded soldiers surveillance and security.  During troubled times, we too need to seek the protection and refuge of the only reliable stronghold we have…God.  For when we seek Him for solace…He’s always there.

I Samuel 2:10 ” It is not by strength that one prevails; those who oppose the Lord will be shattered.”

Where does your source of strength come from today?  For many, it comes from themselves.  They’ll  proudly flex their biceps and proclaim how strong  they are.  But in reality, they’re not a match to cancer invading their body, or a stroke  robbing them of their mobility.  We arrogantly think we’re strong enough to withstand anything…yet we’re not powerful enough  to  stop our own death.   As Zechariah 4:6 tells us, “It’s not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord.”  Our source of strength must come from the Lord and not from ourselves…for in the end our strength is nothing but a vapor before God.

I John 1:5 ” This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.”

When you have night blindness,  you have limited visibility in the dark…and take it from me, it makes driving at night very difficult at times.  When we’re walking in the darkness of sin it’s much like having night blindness…we’re unsure of where we’re going, we’re full of fear, and we’re apprehensive about what’s up ahead.  But the blindness of sin can be overcome by the light of God…for this light depicts the very essence of His character and holiness.  And when we walk in that spiritual illumination of God’s light, our path is made sure.

Psalm 9:9-10 ” The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.”

Deuteronomy 33:27 goes on to assure us that, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”  The Lord should be the very first one to turn to in times of pain and suffering, and prayer should be our first action, not an afterthought.  For there is a place of security and a sense of peace amid any turmoil…it’s found only beneath the loving and everlasting arms of Jesus.

Psalm 36:7 ” How priceless is Your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of Your wings.”

God’s merciful kindness is afforded to all.  Whether great or small…prince or pauper…wealthy or poor,  we can all seek protection and refuge in Him.  And by trusting in God and experiencing His love first hand, His faithfulness will become our shield and rampart in times of trouble. (Psalm 91:4)  For God’s love for us is beyond measure and beyond comprehension…and it’s available for all.

I Corinthians 10:31 ” So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

We hope that we’re honoring God during the Church Service, or when we’re praying for someone in the hospital.  But this Scripture tells us that we need to be showing respect to God in everything we do.  For if you think about it…all aspects of our lives are ordained by His hand.  That includes the mundane and boring, and the simple day-to-day tasks we take for granted.  That’s because we never know when He’ll take a practical chore and turn it into a divinely assigned God moment.