by John D. Morris, Ph.D.
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea." (Psalm 46:1-2)
"The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble" (Psalm 9:9). What a comfort it is, in these days of turmoil and opposition, to know that our Lord is "a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat" (Isaiah 25:4).
Our refuge is strong and secure. The psalmist testifies: "I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust" (Psalm 91:2). Then God answers: "Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee" (Psalm 91:9-10 and see also vv. 10-13).
Not only does our refuge provide us safety and protection, but no other refuge will do. After identifying our refuge by the words, "Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste |or be 'alarmed'|" (Isaiah 28:16), God warns that those who refuse His true refuge will receive instead His "judgment," for He "shall sweep away the refuge of lies" (Isaiah 28:17).
The apostle Peter, fresh from his personal encounters with his risen Lord, confronted the Jewish leaders with their serious error of rejection. "This is the stone which was set at nought of you" (Acts 4:11). In his charge, however, he included the precious truth: "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (v. 12). Our refuge, our sure foundation, is none other than our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom we have "fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us" (Hebrews 6:18). JDM