God is our Refuge

August 19, 2018

Psalms 17:6-7… I call upon you for you will answer me, oh God; incline your ear to hear me; hear my words.

Wondrously show your stead fast love, oh Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.

            ‘Savior of those who seek refuge…’ There is a difference between those who seek refuge and those who seek glory. Which are you? When David wrote this Psalm, it is likely that he was hiding from Saul or fleeing for his life. David, the king of Israel, that Jesus referred to fondly, was greatly persecuted. He knew God as his Savior from enemies… his refuge. How do you know God?

            The word ‘Savior’ implies that we need to be saved.  Unfortunately, many people don’t feel or see the need. Paul said that our enemies are not flesh and blood; they are unseen powers in heavenly places. Our enemies are spiritual; salvation is spiritual. You and I have enemies… unseen, but real. Are you aware of enemies that want to destroy you… or at least want to destroy the work of God in you? I am aware of it. When we sin, we are often led to do it. We are born with sin nature so it is not hard to lead us that way. When we resist sin, we resist the devil and we resist our own worldly nature. Jesus saves us from the unseen powers of the spiritual world, and He saves us from ourselves. That is harder to talk about than ‘saving us to glory’. We ARE being saved to glory, but initially, we are being saved from the clutches and desires of evil.

2 Corinthians 2:11… Indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.

            In many translations, the word for ‘designs’ is translated ‘devices.’ The combination of those words gives a picture of “plans, with methods.” Do you realize that Satan is plotting against you? We are not to be ignorant of that fact. It is not by accident that you are tempted. But…

Psalms 46:1… God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble.

Isaiah 59:19b (KJV) … When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the lord will lift up a standard against Him. We need Jesus, our Savior, daily… not weekly.