I love the beautiful literary forms found throughout the Bible. I appreciate how the Holy Spirit worked through each human author to describe God in terms that would be understandable to their community. Shepherd. Lion. Consuming Fire. Love. Today, the Psalmist’s description of God as a Refuge and Strong Tower caught my eye. The term ‘refuge’ is used 40 times in the Psalms alone to describe God.
King David, who wrote a majority of the Psalms, was no stranger to threats, difficulty, and conflict. In the midst of these challenges, David experientially learned that God provides safety, protection, and provision.
The same God that David described as our Refuge and Strong Tower has made Himself available to each of us. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus gives the invitation to experience God’s safety, protection, and provision:
“28 Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
When we find ourselves in a storm of life, we are not alone. When it feels like everyone has deserted us, God is for us. When chaos abounds, there is One offering peace whom even the wind and waves obey.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 61:1-4
- Meditate on the imagery of a refuge and strong tower. What do you learn about God as you think deeply about this description?
- How have you experienced God as a place of safety, protection, and provision? Take a moment to thank God for the specific ways He has been there for you.