Day 33: Blessed by refuge
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.”
The promise we are looking at today is that if we take refuge in the Lord we are blessed! Let’s just consider the first half of this verse briefly. It says “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Taste is one of our five senses and it’s interesting that David, who wrote this Psalm, encourages us to taste the Lord’s goodness. “Taste and see” is a warm invitation: “Try this; I know you’ll like it.” In order to taste something we have to actually partake of it. It must reach our tongues at least, even if we don’t go on to chew and swallow it.
I can remember, as a child, deciding that I didn’t like a particular food before I had even tried it. Perhaps you know people like that!? My Mum would say, “But you haven’t tasted it!” Sad to say, there are people who do that with God and Christianity. They will make the decision that following God and being a Christian is not for them without inviting Jesus into their lives and “tasting and seeing that the Lord is good.” When we take that first step of obedience in following God, we cannot help discovering that He is good.
Then David goes on to say “blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” And this is the promise for us today. A place of refuge is a ‘shelter from pursuit or danger or trouble’. The Israelites were instructed to designate certain cities as ‘cities of refuge’ – where people who had killed someone accidentally or unintentionally could flee to for protection and safety. We have been asked in recent days to stay at home for our protection and safety from Covid. Our homes have become places of refuge. But apart from cities of refuge, we read many times in the Psalms about making God our place of refuge. Perhaps the last eleven months have been difficult for you? Maybe you’ve struggled with all the trials and difficulties that the pandemic has caused? Perhaps you’ve felt weak or afraid or vulnerable? Can I encourage you to take refuge in the Lord?
Maybe you’ve felt oppressed? Psalm 9:9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Maybe you’ve felt in danger? Psalm 16:1 Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.
Maybe you’ve felt weak? Psalm 61:3 For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.
Maybe you’ve felt unstable? Psalm 71:3 Be my rock of refuge ….. for you are my rock and my fortress.
Maybe you’ve felt vulnerable? Psalm 25:20 Guard my life and rescue me ….. for I take refuge in you.
Maybe you’ve needed shelter from life’s storms? Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge.
So we are truly blessed if we take refuge in Him.
Pray this verse from Psalm 57 as the prayer for today…
Dear God, Have mercy on me, O God….. for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.