God is Your Refuge

May 20, 2024


Have you ever felt completely overwhelmed by the difficulties and pressures facing you? We all have in some way. That is why knowing that God is your refuge can be a huge help the next time you go through those times. Recently, as part of one of our Bible reading plans at New Life, we read Psalms 56-59 where David shared about his tough times and how God was his refuge during those times.

In Psalm 56:1, David cries out, “Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me; all day long they press their attack.” He was being hunted and attacked by his foes. Yet David didn’t just wallow in fear and self-pity. He intentionally turned to God, saying, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” (v.3)

David found refuge in God during life’s inevitable storms. With confidence in God alone, he said, “In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.” (vv.10-11) While his circumstances didn’t change instantly, he was strengthened by God’s promises. This pattern continues over and over again throughout Psalms. For instance, in Psalm 57, surrounded by enemies David proclaims God’s unfailing love and faithfulness will be his refuge and fortress (vv.1-3,9-11).

God is our refuge

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth. (Psalm 57:9-11)

Additionally, in Psalm 58, he expresses righteous anger toward the deceitful injustice around him but trusts God as the righteous Judge (v. 6-11). And in Psalm 59, despite foes lying in wait to kill him (vv.3,6), David affirms, “You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” (v. 16)


What can we learn from these passages? Just like David, we will face times when problems and pressures threaten to overwhelm us. But also, like David, we can turn to God as our secure refuge, shelter, and source of strength. He is our fortress in life’s inescapable difficulties. So cling to His promises, pour out your heart to Him, and take refuge in the Lord Most High.

At New Life, we offer a variety of Bible reading plans for exploring God’s word and practically applying it to our lives today. If you would like to be part of a Bible reading plan, check out the different options here.

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