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Better to Take Refuge in the LORD

May 27, 2016

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Better  to Take Refuge  in the LORD

We all need someone  we can trust implicitly.     That can be hard  to find  in this world of sinners,  each with their own priorities,   belief systems,   ideals,   morals,   agendas   and values.     In people  we will see weaknesses,  faults,  lack of knowledge,  lack of strength,  and lack of ability — failure after failure.     In other people  we see the same faults  we ourselves might have,  so we cannot honestly trust them  for the guidance  that is impossible  for them to rightly provide.

But,  there is one  we can confide in.     There is one  in whom  we can put our hope,  trust,  and confidence.     In Psalm 118:8-9,  we read,

It is better  to take refuge  in the LORD
Than to trust  in man.
It is better  to take refuge  in the LORD
Than  to trust  in princes.

When we need  to confide  in someone  about our very deepest,  most intimate feelings,  needs,  fears,  doubts,  and longings,  we need  to run  to the LORD.    He even wants us  to come  to Him.     The LORD can definitely  be trusted  because He is our Creator  and Redeemer.     God’s wisdom created all  that we see, and He alone  already intimately knows  our thoughts  and the details  of our predicaments.     He alone  has the power  and ability  to guide us rightly  in all our ways  because He knows  the right way  to go.

There is no intelligence,  rank,  or strength  in man  that can equal  the Lord’s intelligence,  rank,  and strength.     So,  no matter what we are facing,  “It is better to take refuge in the LORD.”     God’s intelligence  is witnessed  in all  of creation.     Since God is the LORD  of lords,  God  of gods,  and King  of kings,  He alone  out-ranks every single one  of us.     We are only a small part  of His creation,  so we should  not  be so audacious as  to suppose  we are stronger  than the LORD  in any way,  manner,  shape,  or form.

Taking all things  into consideration,  there is no doubt  that “It is better to take refuge in the LORD.”     So,  let us not imagine  that we can live  without paying respect  to our Refuge  and Strength,  our Fortress  and our Rock of Salvation,  our Savior  and God.     It is nothing short  of pure foolishness  to refuse “to take refuge in the LORD”  when are needs  are so great.

We are better enabled  to trust  in the Lord  as we listen  to His word  and study His word.     Learning God’s word needs  to be a daily experience,  so that little by little  we can gain the wisdom  of His ways  and become sanctified  in the truths  of His salvation  in Jesus Christ.    It is the sum total  of all  of God’s word  that guides us  and draws us close  to the Lord  in a stronger confidence  and faith.     Then,  as we go  to God  in prayer,  we can better understand  the right way to go  and have the courage  to go  in that right way.

At peace  in the righteousness  of the Lord’s trustworthiness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You alone  are able  to protect us and lead us  in righteousness.     Thank You  for faithfully caring  for our needs.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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