The LORD, Our Refuge

July 2, 2012

Friends,
The LORD is a warrior (Ex. 15:3,7 // Isa. 42:13) and He will take vengeance on His enemies. (same verses) But for those who take refuge in Him, He gives victory over the enemy (Ps. 60:12 // Jer. 15:20,21) and makes Himself their sanctuary of peace, strength, and joy. (Isa. 12:2,3 & 26:1-4)

How do we take refuge in the Lord? We trust, and we show our trust through songs of praise to Him (Ex. 15:2 // Ps. 59:17 // Isa. 12:2), sung in the name of the Lord (Ps. 118:10-16) from righteous hearts. (v. 19-21) This is how we advance against the enemy, and the Lord goes ahead of us, defeating them as we do so. (Dt. 9:3 & 33:27-29 // Luke 10:19,20) This is how we enter the gates of the LORD, our High Tower, our Deliverer. (Ps. 18:1-3 & 118:19-21 // Prov. 18:10)

So, if the Lord gives us victory, peace, strength, and joy, is there anything else we need? No, for this is the place where we have all else that is good. This is the place of His Presence, and the dwelling is called, “In Christ.” It is complete contentment –a great reward (1 Tim. 6:6)– and in safety we continually triumph over God’s enemies who rise up against us. (Ps. 118:6,7 // Isa. 54:11-17 // 1 John 5:18) For our eyes are on the Lord our Fortress (Ps. 59:16) and in Him we have taken our stand.

But what about those who, by looking to men for help, show they have rejected the Lord, the only true Refuge? (Jer. 2:11-13) God says that such people are under His curse (17:5,6), and they will be put to shame, written in the dust. (v. 13 // Isa. 47:1-3) Therefore, all who looked to God’s enemies for refuge (Isa. 30:1,2) will have “neither help nor advantage, but only shame and disgrace.” (v. 5) For these false deliverers are men, not God (31:3), and they trust in their flesh, not the Spirit of the Holy One. (v. 1-3 // Zech. 4:6) So “he who helps will stumble, he who is helped will fall; both will perish together.” (Isa. 31:3) For the LORD has stretched out His hand (same verse), and with His voice and the blows of His arm (30:31,32), He will punish these wicked ones, and every stroke will be to the song of the righteous. (v. 32 w/ v. 27-33)

Therefore, to trust in men, even princes (Ps. 118:8,9), is futile and foolish (Isa. 30:7), for both are of no account whatsoever. (2:22) “But blessed is the man who trust in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him.” (Jer. 17:7) Such a man will not fear, nor will he worry –even in a year of drought (v. 8 )– but he will instead thrive and bear fruit (same verse), be delivered and healed, and will be continually praising the Lord. (v. 14)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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