GOD IS OUR REFUGE
Leslie M. John
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea” (Psalms 46:1-2)
Psalm 46 encourages us that we have God as our rock of refuge and buckler, and a very pleasant help in times of our trouble.
We have no reason to fear that devil would attack us with his wickedness, and would permeate evil through us as long as the LORD is our refuge. The LORD stands like a rock and shield to protect us and He redeems us from all evil and all our enemies.
When the children of Israel faced a giant Assyrian army led by ruthless Sennacherib, who blasphemed the living God, the “angel of the LORD went out and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand” and they were all dead corpses by the morning.
Sennacherib went back to Assyria and lived in Nineveh and when he was worshipping his god his two sons smote him with sword and they escaped into the land of Armenia . And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead” (cf. 2 Kings 19:35 -37)
Surely, the LORD is our refuge, our strength and a very pleasant help in trouble. Psalmist encourages us in Psalm 2 to worship the Son (which was prophecy about Lord Jesus Christ), and says that all those who put trust in Him are blessed.
Considering the mighty power of the LORD, the psalmist comforts us that even if earth were to be removed from under our feet, and though the mountains are moved out from their places to be cast into the midst of the sea, or the sea roars in storm, yet we have no reason to be afraid of such adverse situations, because God is our rock of refuge.
The favor of the LORD is seen in symbolism used as river water that flows, which make Jerusalem, the holy city of God, and His tabernacles glad.
Psalmist 36:8 refers to rivers of pleasures that the LORD gives us to drink. In Zechariah 14:8 the reference is to the living waters that flow out from Jerusalem, and in Revelation 22:1 John sees in his vision, “a pure river water of life, clear as crystal proceeding out of the throne of God and the Lamb”.
The LORD is in the midst of Jerusalem, and the city shall not be moved. God will surely help the city to be restored to its past glory and its name shall be called “Beulah”, and even more than that there comes a New Jerusalem out of heaven for believers in Christ to dwell in.
“Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married” Isaiah 62:4.
Never take pride or lift up horns against the LORD, who can dissolve the earth and the wicked that live therein. Promotion comes neither from east nor west but by Him. God is the judge and He humbles one and He exalts another. He is above all powers in the world and by His word He governs the minds of rulers. (cf. Psalm 75)
The LORD of hosts is with us and the father of our Lord Jesus Christ is always with us. He is our refuge. Look at the desolations He is bringing about by hurricanes and tornadoes, in certain parts of the world, while He is pouring out His anger by drought in another part of the world. He causes wars to cease. He breaks with His bow, the backbone of the pride, and cuts the spears of mighty men into pieces, and He burns the strength of the army of the wicked, and his warfare in the fire of His anger.
There is, however, peace and comfort for those who believe in Him, and for those who seek to come under His refuge. The LORD is exalted among all the men and in all the earth. The LORD God of Jacob, who is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, is always with us. He is our refuge, strength and a very pleasant help in times of our trouble.
Believe in Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Savior, and there is no name under heaven, where there is salvation.
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” Acts 4:12