“I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress; my God; on Him will I trust.” The assurance coming from these words carries faith to a new dimension. In view of the continuous storm before us, with no relieve in sight. Faith, however, arising to the occasion, lifts and delivers the faithful one to a new height- closer to God, and under His wings, a refuge is certain to protect us. David sought a hiding place in a cave to escape from King Saul. But that did not constitute a refuge for him. From there he cried to God saying, I cried to You, O Lord; I said, You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living; attend to my loud cry, for I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I; cause me to hear You loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do I lean and in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way where I should walk, for I lift up my inner self to You (Ps. 142-143).
Those who wait for the Lord, Isaiah wrote, shall renew their strength; they shall mount up to God; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. (Isaiah 40:31). Close to God, yes in the place of refuge, where we can hear His voice, assuring us of His presence and protection; where our prayers will be heard and answered; where no troubles around will harm us, for they are voided of power. In the Secret Place of God, there shall be no fear of evil, for He covers us with His pinions, and under His wings we find our refuge in times of trouble. No pestilence, no destruction and sudden death shall affect us in any way. The refuge is a place to grow in faith and in knowledge of God. We may witness the evil taking roots in many ways, but it will not withstand God’s power. Be still and know Who God is. He is our refuge and strength, a very present and well-proved help in trouble. No matter if the earth change, the mountains shake into the midst of the sea; if the water roar and foam; if the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult (Ps. 91, 46:1-3 paraphrased).