There are times when we want a safe place to go and let someone protect us. We wish someone would shoo people away when we’re sick or feeling besieged. Perhaps we’re preoccupied with bad news, and we’d like someone to take our problems and hang them on a hook so we could be free from the burden for a little while.
For David, the Lord himself was the ultimate place of refuge. David needed rest and protection. He asked the Lord to fulfill that role for him:
“Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, or they will tear me apart like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me” (Psalm 7:1,2).
What does this mean for us? Can we enter this refuge? Yes! We’re part of God’s family, already under his protection. Sometimes, though, we struggle to live as if this is the ultimate reality of our lives.
David wrote down his conversation with the Lord. He took time to articulate what it meant that the Lord was his refuge. We see that conversation worked out in many of the psalms. David asks that the Lord would rise up and protect him; vindicate him; and provide refreshment for his soul, rest for his body, and delight for his heart.
If you were to write a request to the Lord asking for refuge, what would you say?
Be assured that God’s arms are already around you. He’s eager to be your sanctuary.