It’s I WILL Wednesday!
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Over the years this Psalm has been used to describe God’s protection for us.It is a Psalm that reminds us of His love for us,and reminds usthat we can rest solely in Him. In this Psalm, David immediately says that God is his refuge and his fortress, and in this same verse, he emphasizes that he trusts God completely. Let look at this a little more closely.
First, David mentions that God is his refuge. No matter what life brings, whetherit be an adversary, a health challenge, or even a crisis of faith, David knew that God was his refuge, and that he can find complete comfort in Him. There were times where David found himself on the run from Saul, but even when he was hiding in caves, he found refuge in God. When David returned to Ziglag to find his wives and children kidnapped, David found refuge and comfort in God. He wholeheartedly knew that God would take care of him and those he loved. In this same manner, we can find refuge and comfort in God our Father. He loves and cares for us, and He says in His Word that we can cast all our cares upon Him for He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). No matter what the situation, we can find refuge in Him. We can give all of our worries, all our concerns, and things that give us pain to our Father and know with certainty that we can find comfort in Him!
The second attribute David points out is that God is his fortress. David, faced many foes. He faced a giant, a bear, a lion, a king who wanted him dead, armies that tried to destroy him, and even a rich man who denied him food all before he became king! As king, the number and variety of enemies grew to include his own son! With every enemy David faced, he could always find protection in God, his fortress! It didn’t matter the size of the enemy, number of enemies, or the tenacity of those enemies, David knew he could find protection in God. Praise the Lord, that we can find this same protection in God! I know there are times when it seems as though enemies come up against us from every angle. Know that God is that fortress for us! He is our protection! Our great and mighty God is more powerful than any enemy that could come against us. He loves us, and protects us, and like David, we can rest in this unmovable fortress.
The last part of this verse is so important. Yes, David knew that God was able to be his refuge and his fortress, but David also trusted in this for his own life. His life moved him from just what he knew about God, to what he experienced. His words matched his reality. Do we really trust what we know about God? We say that God is good, but when trouble arises, do we really respond in confident trust? We can! Trust God with those situations that bring heartache so He can be your refuge. Trust him with those enemies that come on every side, so He can be your fortress. He will not fail to be a refuge and fortress for you! So we can confess along with David, “I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”