God Is Our Refuge and Strength

Psalm 62:5-8 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.

Verses 5-7 of Psalm 62 are a repetition by David of verses 1-2, and as a repetition, they communicate to us the importance of the message.  These words are a call for us to find our hope, foundation, deliverance, and refuge in God alone.  These verses come in the context of evil men attacking and attempting to bring David down, and they are timely words for us as we go through Acts reading about the Jews who are attempting to take the life of the Apostle Paul.  In Acts 23:11, following several mob attacks on Paul, the Lord encourages him with these words, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”  What would this look like?  How would the Lord accomplish this?  Most likely, not what Paul or we would envision.  Yet, the Lord is faithful to His people and His promises.

As God’s people, we know that we are called to a life of suffering and affliction as we stand for and live out the light of truth.  However, we are called to trust and wait upon the Lord.  We are called to find our firm foundation on the rock of Jesus Christ as we hear His words and put them into practice.  We are to find our deliverance and refuge in our God.  We are not to put our trust in others, and we are not to put our trust in our abilities to understand or control our circumstances.  May God grant us the grace to trust in the Lord at all times as we cry out to him and find Him to be a faithful rock and refuge.