08/18/T – The Lord our Refuge

Judges 5:1-31; Luke 22:35-38; Psalms 94:14-23; Proverbs 21:19-20

Psalms: “The Lord will not leave his people or abandon his heritage, for the administration of justice will again be righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it. Who stands up for me against the wicked? Who takes a stand for me against evildoers? If the Lord had not been my helper, I would soon rest in the silence of death. If I say, “My foot is slipping,” your faithful love will support me, Lord. When I am filled with cares, your comfort brings me joy. Can a corrupt throne be your ally, a throne that makes evil laws? They band together against the life of the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. But the Lord is my refuge; my God is the rock of my protection. He will pay them back for their sins and destroy them for their evil. The Lord our God will destroy them.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭94:14-23‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

Those who lean on their own understanding and make their own way in the world have no assurances – but those who trust in the Lord and acknowledge His ways have this great assurance: The Lord will not leave His people or abandon what is rightfully His. If we belong to the Lord by faith, then He is for us. He stands up for us and defends us. As the Apostle Paul said in Romans 8, “If God is for us, then who can stand against us.” When we feel like we are losing our footing, He comes and supports us. When the cares of life surround us, He comforts us and brings us joy. The Lord is our safe place, our refuge, our retreat, our stronghold, and our shelter. No matter how crazy and out-of-control the world around us gets, we can be safe and at peace in the Lord. He leads us by His word, will, and ways. His rod and His staff protect and comfort us. He blesses us in the midst of our enemies and the chaos they cause. Now, more than ever, look to the Lord, rest in Him place your faith on Him, and be assured.

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