God Is My Refuge

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Many scriptures refer to God as a rock, a strong tower, our strength, and our refuge (Psalm 18:2). A refuge is a place that provides shelter and protection from danger and distress. God is our refuge. He’s our safe place to go when this world gets us down. Sometimes I forget that and try to muddle through on my own.

In the Old Testament, God instructed the Israelites to set apart six cities as “cities of refuge,” places where people could flee if they unintentionally killed someone—an accidental death (Deuteronomy 19). These cities were easily accessible and open to everyone. The gates were never locked. They could be protected from those seeking vengeance.  

Moses was the first to use the concept of God being a refuge for all His people (Deuteronomy 33:27). King David said God was his stronghold and refuge (2 Samuel 22:2). Psalm 46:1 reminds us that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in our time of trouble. Therefore, we will not fear…” Psalm 91:4 lets us know we can take refuge “under God’s wings.”

Spiritually speaking, we all need somewhere to flee when we get off track, inadvertently harm others, and make mistakes. A place to cast our cares during dire circumstances (1 Peter 5:7). A place to find rest when we are tired and weary (Matthew 11:28). A place to find solace when we are fodder for the rumor mill or falsely accused. A place to find comfort when we feel hurt or misunderstood. We have such a place. We can flee towards God’s mercy and grace. God is our refuge.

I often get overwhelmed and anxious which brings an unpleasant churning sensation inside me. Then I read Psalm 94:18-19: “Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up. In the multitude of my anxieties within me, your comforts delight my soul.” God is my refuge. Thankfully I can go to Him instead of trying to muddle through life on my own.  


“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord...” ~ Psalms 92:1 (KJV)

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