God’s refugees

2As we turn on the TV or scroll through news feed on the internet, all we can read is people fleeing the place where they once called home and often risking their lives to find a place of safety. These places of safety are called refuge or shelter and are often free and there only for one reason, to help the refugees. 

Psalm.91:1-2 says: 

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.””

There are deep and awesome lessons to be learnt from these 2 verses. 

  1. He is Most High and Almighty

These verses reminds us that God is above and beyond everything that we face in life. He is bigger, mightier and wiser than all, so running to Him for safety is indeed a very wise decision. Of course, why would you seek refuge from someone who can’t even protect you? But God is Almighty, He can do anything and capable of everything. 

     2. Dwelling in His shelter and resting in His shadow

In order to dwell in a shelter, you have to first acknowledge that you are in danger and that you need some place of safety. This world is full of dangers with fleeting temptations, sins and fiery arrows that fly from the evil one. And if a Christian does not have a secure dwelling place to run to from all these, he is sure to fall by one of these. Now a shelter may not feel like home but a place where you are forced to stay at until home is made safe again. But the place where God has given us as home initially has been permanently scarred by sin and disobedience that all we can hope for is a new home. And God offers this home right where He is, under the shadow of His wing. Not only is He offering us protection, but also love and care to allow us to grow and thrive. (2 Corinthians 5:1) We became His adopted children, joining the angels to sing, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD God Almighty”.  So we rest in the bosom of our loving Father, safe, secure and sound! 

“He will cover you with His feathers,
and under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” – Psalm.91:4

“But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You.” – Psalm.5:11

Rest

 

Prayer= hiding place

Prayer= hiding place

Like a lion, my enemy the devil roar

Seeking whom he may devour

Trying to steal my river of peace

My life supply of the Stream

 

He runs to and fro around the earth

Observing the sons of God

Watching closely who may fall to his trap

 

Yet my God is stronger and mightier

He has made a way

A place where I can run to

My refuge and my fortress

 

A place like Narnia

Outside of this world

Under the shadow of His wings

Is where my soul yearns

 

Yes, the Father has reserved

A place of hope and rest

To the throne of His presence

Is where I choose to face

 

So let us be diligent

To enter this hope and rest

And fight the things that prevent

For we have a good inheritance

Through Jesus the Christ!

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“8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” – 1Peter.5:8

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 “5 O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You maintain my lot.
6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Yes, I have a good inheritance. 
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9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.” – Psalm.16:5,6,9

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“1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”” – Psalm.91:1-2 

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“8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. 11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. ” – Hebrews.4:8-11

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