1 In the Lord I take refuge.
How then can you say to me:
“Flee like a bird to your mountain.
2 For look, the wicked bend their bows;
they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
at the upright in heart.
3 When the foundations are being destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
his eyes examine them.
5 The Lord examines the righteous,
but the wicked, those who love violence,
he hates with a passion.
6 On the wicked he will rain
fiery coals and burning sulfur;
a scorching wind will be their lot.
7 For the Lord is righteous,
he loves justice;
the upright will see his face.
This psalm begins with one of the most important statements we must remember as Christians: “In the Lord I take refuge”. It does not matter what is going on in our lives, or who is aiming the cross hairs of deceit and malice; God is where we can and should go. “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” – Psalm 32:7. So many times in my life I have tried to do things my own way, and yet time and time again He gently reminds me that the only true escape will be in His power.
These words are a reminder to us that we have something (and someone) so powerful and loving in our lives that it is imperative we stand our ground. So what if the world is crashing down around you. If you are in Christ you will not be moved. So what if the body of this life is riddled with disease. If you are in Christ your hope will not falter. We have been given a gift that is so precious, to ponder on it’s riches is to go insane. “33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” – Romans 11
In this life we must remember that there is no end to what God has done for us through His Son. Verses 4 & 5 almost leap off the page because of the truth that lies in them. The Lord IS in His holy temple, and the Lord IS on his holy throne. There was never a time that He stepped away from His creation. He has never said, I’ll let them figure it out. Even when we feel like we have been abandoned He IS there.
3 Consider him [Christ] who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.” – Hebrews 12
Because we are His sons and daughters we WILL endure hardship, but we must always remember that we have a place to turn. When the road ahead looks bleak and dreary, ask Christ to help you through. Tell Him with all your heart that you cannot do this. It is when we give ourselves over to Him, time and time again, He will carry us through the fires to the resting place on the other side. There is no final answer. Each day brings a new sin, a new burden, or a new desire that must be handed over in it’s time to Christ if we wish to be sanctified.
We are to be thankful for each and every thing we are given. God sees and knows our struggles. He examines our hearts, ever molding us to be like His Son. We are not righteous in and of ourselves, but we have been imparted His righteousness through our Savior, Christ. The unsaved are not so lucky. It is a terrible fate that awaits them. God is a God of justice, which means He will only do right. If Christ has not covered your sin you are exposed to God, and when you pass from this life you will be forever in His wrath.
Pray for mercy. It is only by His mercy that you might be saved, and even secured into a life with Him forever. Thank God that He does not base His mercy on what we do! There is NONE righteous, no not one. The wages of sin is death, but if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord, and believe that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. It is by grace you are saved, not works, so that no one may boast. God will not be made second fiddle. All of this is for Him, and to witness to all that He is glorious.