God is our Refuge

Looking at today’s Bible reading we come to sayings which should motivate us to go  in the footsteps of King David, though he knew he had done certain things wrong, he also knew he could count on his God.

These days there are lots of things which can frighten us, like loosing our job, having financial difficulties,  being at places where terrorists frighten so many, etc.. But we should know we do not have to be afraid of what man can do to us. It is better to fear the Creator or Maker of everything Who allows things to happen because man had thrown doubt upon God’s righteousness.

Today’s guestspeaker is some one who is on a  journey of self examination.

Our guestwriter knows

All of us have those times when it just seems like life is getting to be too much, and at our house this is starting to seem like one of those times.

…  Of course there are those times when you might have some rough news about family members with serious health problems… very serious health problems. Scary stuff… {Taking Refuge}

Sometimes it feels like certain bad things happen only to us, but be sure you are not alone who has bad things coming over him or her.

everybody has streaks like this where the phone rings, you hear the latest and all you can say is something like… “the hits just keep on coming!” {Taking Refuge}

And others just would say

Shit happens!

Often we dare to forget it

only seems like ‘enemies’ are after us, the truth is that things just aren’t going my way at the moment, but God’s refuge, his comfort and empowerment are very real indeed. {Taking Refuge}

We may not forget that we have a place prepared by Christ, who shows us the way to his heavenly Father, The God Who is One and Who is there for all who want to find Him.

It is Him in Who we should come to dwell to find peace in our heart, by resting in the shadow of the Most Almighty. We should trust in the one Jesus showed to us, namely his heavenly Father the Only One True God.

“ He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High {1 } Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. {1) Or That abideth…Almighty; Even I etc } I will say of Jehovah, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in whom I trust.” (Ps 91:1-2 ASV)

We better look for the best place to be safe.

In modern life, people seek shelter and refuge in many places, for instance many seek it in money and possessions.  Others might seek it in a relationship with a loved one, while others might seek it in their careers or professions… Some might even try to find refuge in drugs or drink.

None of these can really protect us from much, for the things of men will perish after a season.  In spite of this grim reality, shelter and refuge are available for anyone who seeks them; we need only to seek them in the right place.

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.”

Psalm 91:1-2 {Finding Shelter}

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Additional reading

  1. Look for your Refuge by God
  2. Memorizing wonderfully 17 Psalm 121 Help from Jehovah God
  3. God Our Refuge
  4. Jehovah steep rock and fortress, source of insight
  5. I Am Not Alone

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Further reading

  1. Psalm 46
  2. Psalm 46 (by One Journey home)
  3. psalm 46 (by Minus the cynic)
  4. Psalm 46:1-3
  5. God Is Our Refuge and Strength (Psalms 46:1-3)
  6. God is my Refuge & Strength (Prayer & Proclamation inspired by Psalm 46)
  7. Psalms: Psalm 46 by W. Robert Godfrey
  8. Our Confidence—our Refuge and Strength
  9. Preaching the Word of the Lord – Psalm 46:1-11
  10. Saturday Prayer: A Prayer from Psalm 46
  11. Psalm 46–A Mighty Fortress
  12. Be Still and Move Forward
  13. Sure And Fearless
  14. Help when I need it….

TLP

I think we all have times when it seems that our world has been turned topsy-turvy.  I think we all have times when we aren’t quite sure which way to go or how best to proceed…

We might cry out to God and wonder where He has gone or why He is letting things be so crazy, but then we remember that God hasn’t left our side even for a minute. He is always there for us to lean on, for us to draw strength and courage from… and then we look directly at Him and things become more clear.

God is our refuge and strength, 
    an ever-present help in trouble. 
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way 
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 
 though its waters roar and foam 
    and the mountains quake with their surging. 

Psalm 46:1-3

Take heart, for God is near!  Even though we can’t…

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13 responses to “God is our Refuge

  1. Yeh, great article. Also thank you for linking my prayer & proclamation inspired by Psalm 46 (further reading point 8). God bless you!
    I note this is not necessarily a religious blog, so I will also point you to my blog “The Witness” http://www.thewitnesspoetrybook.wordpress.com of poetry, spokenword about humanity and daily life e.g war, peace, faith, love, race, interpersonal relationships. In future I will see what i can share here. If you feel there is something appropriate for me to share from there to here please let me know as well. Thank you!

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    • Dear Deborah Esther, as you rightly noticed this is not as such a ‘religion only’ board but more a website which tries to bring matters of life and to present writings from different authors and trying to offer an overview what several bloggers are presenting on the net.

      We also want to give an eye and an ear to the beauty of language and different ways of expression and as such would love to present nice poetry too.

      Are intention is also to spread the love of Christ and to preach peach between all nations and peoples. Any articles or contributions which can help herewith are welcome.

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  2. i appreciate being linked to you however I would prefer it if you didn’t swear in your post. that is the only thing preventing me from sharing it. a possible substitute you could use might be poop happens. otherwise I am delighted to be honoured with the esteemed company of Deborah and yourself. keep on feasting on Gods word. it is the richest source of inspiration we can find in the universe ❤ please let me know if you would like me to blog about anything else. when I'm done with psalms I will be journeying through daniel 🙂

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    • Dear Sir where would the presenter of the writing have done what you say: ” I would prefer it if you didn’t swear in your post. ” Where did we swear? the sarcastic saying of what youngsters say ‘s..t happens’ does not fall under swearing, to take or utter an oath or to utter imprecations.

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      • yes it does. you prove me right by the fact you use dots instead of spelling out the full awful word. you can say poop. please do not contaminate my mind and give me stress which speeds up my death by using that disgusting word in conversation with me again

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    • Dear minusthecynic, we appreciate you reaction, but are not sure you wanted to be cynic or seriously want us to use a word in an expression which is worse than the word mentioned.

      When is indicated that somebody would say something that does not mean we would say that or we would agree with such saying. It is to give an idea what people would say or how they would behave or express themselves in a certain manner.

      For you may a word be intolerable but in other countries that may be a proper word than the one you propose. Do not forget so much depends on culture and fashion.

      The choice of words and acceptability of words may also depend on time. For example in our regions the word ‘nigger’ was one time the respectable word to be used instead of what was considered an offensive word “black”. Later it became a ‘coloured’, ‘of an other tint’, etc. These weeks there where many debates and in Holland several papers declared that the word “blank” (fair/clear/Caucasian) may not and shall not be used any more for Caucasian types because that would be an offensive word. Now everybody (they claim) should use “white”, whilst in our childhood that was an offensive word or a term of abuse for white people. Though when you look at our skin it is more orange or lightly tainted than white. And calling those Caucasians again ‘white’ it gives the other darker tainted “brown” people now again to be called “blacks” as a proper way of saying and not being offensive. Sometimes it gets really difficult to know what is still a proper way to call some one. It has even become so bad that for certain things or person more words now must be used to describe that person, because the older singular word is considered obloquy.

      As such the word you use or propose can have or give a worse impression than you think, because than it is considered to be ‘of the lowest degree’ or showing your bottom or backside to the other. So when you say ‘It is p..p” here you denote that it is worth to the rear end put in the face of someone else (or having the excrements being smeared in someone’s face), which we do hope you do not mean so.

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      • Christ must always take precedence over culture. just because society changes its mind about what it chooses to accept does not mean Christians should change with society. we are called to be in the world not of it. you are clouding the issue. you know in your heart what God tells your conscience when you use that word so please don’t make pathetic excuses. neither black or white describe anyone on earth. we are Africans Asians Caucasians Polynesians Melanesians south Asians or middle easterners. or native whatevers. that’s it. very simple. you over complicate things that do not need to be complicated and falsely accuse where there is no need to do so. it is not acceptable to call an African American colored. they would slap your face if you did that. if we follow Christs advice and let our yes be yes and our no be no then we cant go wrong. I do not beat around the bush I am clear in my meaning. don’t try to accuse me of doing the wrong thing by simply stating what you mean when you use that disgusting word. just be polite. its not hard. get some manners. you know that when you use that word you cause stress in yourself and everyone who hears it so if you want to contribute towards speeding up your death and those who read it by all means go right ahead and continue on your foolish self destructive path. you could use junk as a substitute for poop. you show a lack of intelligence when you use those stupid words. forget about what the media tells you. if you are born in Europe you are Caucasian. simple. European comes from Europa which is condoning greek mythology same as brittania is where british comes from. what you call worse I call clarity.

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        • You seem to have missed that we noted what is going on, but does not have to indicate we like such debates or that we would agree with such a debate and would agree with the choice now made in West Europe to speak about a white and a black person.

          Also your reaction telling

          ” we are Africans Asians Caucasians Polynesians Melanesians south Asians or middle easterners. or native whatevers. that’s it. very simple. you over complicate things that do not need to be complicated and falsely accuse where there is no need to do so. it is not acceptable to call an African American colored. they would slap your face if you did that.”

          makes it clear how so many things depends where a person lives and what is the cultural background and preferred sort of words in a certain period. it are not making things complicated but people themselves and politicians as well as editors.

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        • You say

          “you over complicate things that do not need to be complicated and falsely accuse where there is no need to do so”

          but are it not those who live in the United States of America for already several generations who complicate matters. Why if you live alredy for the third, fourth or even fifth generation live in the U.S.A. do you not call yourself American? By making a division with a Spanish-Ameriacn, Mexican-american, Afro-American you and those doing that are showing those people are not equal or do not have the right to simply call themselves Americans. As such it our people who keep up such a division who keep racism going.

          Be it that you are lightly tainted, or have a light brown colour or a darker coloured skin should not matter and should not be a way of denoting about whom we are talking. Also not recognising a skin colour means that the person is not happy with such tainted skin and he or she himself wanting to have a division keeps also racism going. What should be wrong to say a person is coloured? Would you prefer that people say you r a ‘neger’, a ‘niger’ or a ‘negro’? and Why calling all people from Europe Caucasians whilst we do have totally different skin colour; I look not at all as what you would consider a white Caucasian. I have not such a bleak skin colour (and certainly not white, but more pink or light brown in and after Summer), no blond hair nor blue eyes.

          In the 1970ies my girlfriend was often called ‘neger’, but did that bother us? why should it have done? She coming from African ancestors is dark coloured. Should she go and sit bleach baths, according to you to be acceptable in our society?
          In case somebody would say she is coloured and somebody would slab that speaker of that word in the face, we would look at that person giving a slap trying to explain his or her attitude is totally wrong and certainly un-christian.

          In the place where you are living the word ‘coloured” may be an impolite word. And that was what we were talking all about that in certain times a certain word was considered not right and an other word proposed, that in its turn a few years later that word also became considered a ‘dirty’ word. That was the essence of the writing which also wanted to show how man is perverted and always tries to use something for the bad and w&ants to put labels on every one instead of accepting people like they are. please look at some etymological dictionary and look at the different slang words and ordinary words used in your and other languages.

          You too writing

          ” you know that when you use that word you cause stress in yourself and everyone who hears it so if you want to contribute towards speeding up your death and those who read it by all means go right ahead and continue on your foolish self destructive path. you could use junk as a substitute for poop. you show a lack of intelligence when you use those stupid words.

          gives the impression of being very narrow minded thinking and having no empathy with other cultures or other customs. Where you live may be totally different habits. Please do come to see that. To you we may look stupid because we used a word to show what many say. In case we used an other word for what those people say it would have no use and falsifying the youngsters’ action and would totally miss the point of the article.

          To end when you say

          if you are born in Europe you are Caucasian. simple. European comes from Europa which is condoning greek mythology same as brittania is where british comes from. what you call worse I call clarity.

          and you are born in America, why do you not call yourself American. By the way I would not call myself a Caucasian because I am not, but agree and do call myself a European.

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          • it is African americans who want to distinguish themselves by calling themselves African americans. some people prefer to be identified just as American. everybody is different. my Filipino American friend prefers to be called American. you are wrong to assume I am a racist. you disgust me when you make such false assumptions about me. I commend you for dating an African lady. she may not find that word offensive but the majority of people of African descent find both coloured and all n words offensive unless you are calling them Nubian. you are misguided in assuming I do not know anything about etymology. I am far from ignorant. I have spent the majority of my life studying the meaning of words. I love words . I am a poet. if I did not love words I would not blog. the n word has its roots in niggardly . it means stingy. it has and always will be a hateful word. just because the majority of people act wickedly and sinfully it does not mean we need to foolishly follow their footsteps into the fire which is what you are doing when you are using such evil words. I have also dated Africans and Asians. you know nothing about me. I am not wasting my time with you any longer. God bless you. please live your life for HIs glory instead of wasting it arguing with fellow Christians. get on with the business of saving souls and loving your girlfriend like Christ loves the church being willing to lay down your life for her

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