Webster’s definition of refuge:
- shelter or protection from danger or distress
- a place that provides shelter or protection
- something to which one has recourse in difficulty
- shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.:
- to take refuge from a storm.
- a place of shelter, protection, or safety.
- anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape.
A refuge is a safe place. In the Old Testament they had cities of refuge people could go to for safety. When the Bible describes GOD as our refuge, it’s saying that HE is our safe place when we need protection from something or someone.
When we know that JESUS is our refuge and HE protects us and strengthens us, we will trust HIM quicker and more often. We won’t fear situations or people who threaten us physically or spiritually. There is no situation we will ever face that is out of GOD’s control, so the best place to be, always, is with HIM.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Lots of times GOD led the Israelites into battles against armies lots more powerful than they were but when they trusted GOD and obeyed HIM, they always came out victorious (see Joshua chapters 6 and 8 for some examples). JESUS tells us in,
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
The word “refuge” tells about GOD’s power to save us from sin. HE provides shelter in a storm and friendship in times of loneliness. JESUS gives us HIS peace, HIS comfort when we need it. Run into the arms of JESUS when you think you can’t take it anymore. HE is our strength. HE is our strong tower. HE loves us more than anyone ever could. HE will never let us down.
8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.
9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
46 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Whenever you get in trouble call on HIS name and know that HE is right there, right now to get you through it. Sometimes HE calms the storm and sometimes HE calms us to get through it.
16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
JESUS will get you through anything you will ever face. Sing Praises to HIM – Worship HIM. Love HIM. Know HIM. Hang out with JESUS. Embrace HIM. Let HIM know you.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Say it now, JESUS is my refuge and my fortress, HE is my GOD, I will put all of my trust in JESUS.
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