It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. All the nations surrounded me but in the name of the Lord I cut them down. They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down. They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them down. I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Psalm 118:8-14

God is a better refuge.

This particular psalm was most likely written by David and was the favorite psalm of Martin Luther. Long after it was written, it had continually been reflected on by many people. In Ezra’s day, after the Jews returned from exile, the singers sang of it when the foundation for the second temple was being laid. The crowds chanted it when Jesus entered Jerusalem. Jesus refers to it when He describes Himself. And Peter preaches on it in the Jewish Sanhedrin after the resurrection of the Savior. This is a rich text that was at the forefront of many who lived during and after the time the Word was penned.

One of the most important observations is that God as a refuge has not failed. Ever. Men take refuge in many places, hiding behind other people or authorities as the psalmist describes. The best stronghold is always God. It is important to note that every one of us needs a refuge. There will be times of onslaught where a place of security is necessary. In times of strength prepare for times of weakness. Convince yourself today that you must go to God for protection when protection is required. Let Him be the best refuge.

DO THIS TODAY: Remind yourself that God is a better refuge.

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