Friday, December 30, 2011

Strong Refuge

 7I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.
 8Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.
 9Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
 10For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,
 11Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.
 12O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.
 13Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt. 

Strong Refuge

We are again reminded in Psalm 71 that though thousands of years have passed since this psalm was written, the words are true and relevant just as much today as they were then. For the Christian, God is still our strong refuge.

In this day of self-reliance and self-help, where do we turn to find a refuge? Some trust in their governments, in money, in power, in prestige, and many other "secure" things, yet where do they find security apart from God? 

In this past year we have seen governments crippled by rebellion from within, natural disasters, nuclear threats, and huge national debts. With the rise of hunger, famine, and even persecution, how secure is our own safety net provided by our government? As the psalmist cries, Cast me not off in the time of old age, we are reminded that our governments certainly do not promise help in old age. In the United States, where social security is in force, one wonders how many years it will be until the system is broke and abandoned.

What about money, power, and prestige? How secure are our financial holdings, or positions of power, or even fame and prestige? With international economic instability on the rise, no one dares to trust in their wealth. Power, in the form of government offices, is only somewhat stable until the next election; fame and prestige in the hands of fickle people are only there until the next public scandal.

The psalmist understood the reality that, in this life, nothing is certain. How sweet, then, to understand that the Lord God, our First Love, is indeed a strong refuge. What He declares in His Word is true; we can rest firmly upon the promises He has made to His people. 

For centuries upon centuries, people have trusted in the name of the Lord God Almighty. Where are these people today? They are resting securely with the Lord Jesus Christ, waiting until the day when God will declare that time shall be no more! 

When considering these things, we realize that there is nothing that man can do to us. Though oppressed on every side by our enemies, we can rest safely in the arms of our own strong Refuge, the Lord Jesus Christ. He walks beside us day by day, until that time when God has foreordained that we have finished our walk on this earth, and then He will safely escort us into the arms of God forever!

Amen, so come quickly Lord Jesus!

God Bless You,

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