TUESDAY 30TH MAY, 2017 READ – Day: 2 Pet 2-3; Night: 1 Sam 29-31
THEME: GOD IS OUR REFUGE
TEXT: PSALM 9: 1 – 10
HYMN: EMHB 110 – Jesus, Lover of my soul
In verse 9: David tells how God is a refuge to the oppressed. Oppression can come in many forms – from satan, from leaders, family, circumstances, etc. The Hebrew word that was used here for ‘oppressed’ means ‘Crushed, injured, afflicted’. Do you ever feel like that? Crushed! Injured! Afflicted! The message of God to your heart is this: ‘You have a refuge!’ God is your refuge.’
In the Old Testament there were six cities of refuge (Number 35:6). The roads to them were always kept in a good state, and on each road there were signs that were written: ‘Refuge, refuge!’ It is a tragedy (Isn’t it?) that so many today never see the refuge of the Lord Jesus Christ? God has a signpost – the word of God, the preaching of the gospel: ‘Refuge, refuge!’ pointing to the Cross! The psalmist says in verse 10 that “He is a refuge for those who seek Him!” Have you sought Him in salvation? Have you sought Him in your trouble? The blessed Lord Jesus Christ, your Victor, your Conqueror, your Deliverer can be a refuge and a protector to you in the midst of your troubles.
What does a boat captain do when a storm comes? He flees for refuge into the harbour. What do little chicks do when they feel that they are in trouble? They flee under the wings of the mother hen, where there is refuge. My friend, if you are not converted, flee to the Cross!
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
PRAYER: My Lord and my God, continue to be my Strength and my Refuge all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.