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I Take Refuge in Thee

November 1, 2018


 I Take Refuge in Thee

When we had our sheep ranch  in the Dakotas,  we had a Commodore (Komondor) guard dog  for our sheep.     A Commodore is around 30 inches tall  and weighs between 110 and 132 pounds.     They aren’t small,  but blend in  with the sheep very well.     They are very diligent guard dogs  that will take on any intruder  to the herd of sheep  that they claim as their own.     Their faithfulness was greatly appreciated  as they protected the sheep  from coyotes  and other predators.     Our dog was named Gromiko and he looked like this.

When Gromiko chased off intruders,  his only intent was  to catch them  and take them down,  no matter what he had to go through.     That included  going through barbed wire fences  and other precipitous places.     In order to stay attached  to his sheep,  Gromiko had to live out  in the fields  with them,  and not be allowed  to become attached  to his human family.     So, he was fed and cared for  out in the pasture.

One night Gromiko went through  a particularly grueling coyote chase.     He came back  in the morning  all cut up  with deep gashes  on his sides  and blood smeared all over.     He had definitely been in a  to-the-death battle  with a coyote.    Instead of staying  with the sheep,  Gromiko limped over to me  as I came out of the house.     All of his dirty wounds  needed immediate medical attention,  but I was not at all sure  if he would allow me  to apply bandages  and the much needed antiseptic,  which would definitely sting.

Amazingly,  Gromiko trustingly laid down  in the grass  as I cleaned each deep gash  and all the blood.     Occasionally,  he would lick my hands,  arms and face  as I cared for him  as tenderly as possible.     Gromiko knew he belonged  with his herd of sheep,  but he also knew  where to go  for refuge  in time of need.

We,  too,  need to know  where to go  for refuge  in our needs.

King David  ever so fully turned  to the LORD  for his needed refuge.     In Psalm 143:9,  David prayed,

Deliver me,  O LORD,  from my enemies;    
I take refuge  in Thee.

When we need refuge,  we can surely trust the LORD  to tenderly care  for us.     Yes,  we have to live  in this sinful world  and face all sorts of enemies  and temptations  and troubles — but,  every time we need help,  all we have to do  is go  to our Lord and Savior.

Let us wisely and trustingly  know our place  of refuge.     Then,  with hearts filled  with appreciation  and thanksgiving,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My LORD and Savior,  thank You  for Your most tender  and awesome care  for me.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


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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