In the Lord I take refuge…
David was a man who experienced hard times. Consider that he continually had to escape the wrath of King Saul, who all too often looked to kill young David for fear that he would rise up and take Saul’s throne. David even started living in caves because that seemed like the safest place to avoid the king and his soldiers.
In the midst of his troubles, even David’s friends seemed to abandon him. Instead of standing with him, they were the ones telling him from behind, “Run away!” (Or, as this scripture says, “Flee like a bird to your mountain, for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”)
When everything seemed the most bleak, David didn’t seem to have anyone to turn to. So he turned to the most reliable place that he – or that any of us – could find. The Lord.
“In the Lord I take refuge.”
David simply acknowledges God and tells us about how wonderful and righteous the Lord is – and because He is so wonderful and righteous, He values those qualities in others. David knew that if he kept his heart pure, eventually God would uphold him. And eventually, that was indeed true. Saul’s corrupt heart failed him, and the king died a violent death. Meanwhile, David, the man after God’s own heart, did become king despite Saul’s efforts to prevent that.
No matter how difficult life becomes, there is only one place of refuge that will always be reliable – the Lord. He never shifts or changes, and He never turns His back on us. Even if every friend turns away, you can count on God to stand by your side. Take a page from David and proclaim His goodness and righteousness. And because those things are so important to Him, pursue goodness and righteousness in your own life.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.