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tornado April 20 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today’s Bible reading: Psalms 7, 35, 57, 142

Where is our Refuge?

April in North America is a month where we begin to have tornadoes, wind, and heavy rains as cold and warm weather fronts clash. Where do we take refuge? Usually we take refuge inside strong buildings, in basements, in storm cellars, and away from windows. There are other kinds of storms as well - storms caused by hatred and jealousy. We may have this in our family, our church, our neighborhood, or even on our jobs. Where will we go for refuge? A trusted friend? A lawyer?

These Psalms were written concerning the time David was pursued by King Saul. He hotly pursued David because he was intensely jealous of his success and popularity. Saul hated David though he had done nothing but good for Saul (Psalm 35:12-14). David suffered unjustly. Where did David go for refuge? These Psalms tell us David went to the LORD when he was in distress.

O LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me,

…. My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart, (Psalm 7:1,10, NIV).

Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me. Take up shield and buckler; arise and come to my aid. Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.” (Psalm 35:1- 3, NIV)

May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, “The LORD be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant.” My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praises all day long, (Psalm 27-28, NIV)

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. (Psalm 57:1, NIV)

When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who know my way. In the path where I walk men have hidden a snare for me. Look to my right and see; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. I cry to you, O LORD; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living,” (Psalm 142:3-5, NIV).

David went to the LORD when he was in trouble. The LORD was his refuge. Were these just fox- hole prayers? Fox-hole prayers, for those who may not know, are prayers offered only when a person is in dire straits. For instance, a soldier might offer a fox-hole prayer when hiding from the enemy and there seems to be no escape. The prayer may sound something like this: “If there is a God up there listening, I am in great trouble. Please help me! Get me out of this and I'll owe you one.” No, David’s prayer was not a fox-hole prayer, though he was in dire straits. His prayer was much more personal and revealed a dependence on the LORD for his refuge. David had confidence in God even before he was delivered (Psalm 57:7). Such confidence requires a personal relationship with God (Psalm 142:5). Who is our refuge? Why not go to the LORD? He has the ultimate power to change situations. If we trust him for our salvation, he will not disappoint us. (more...)

Lessons to live by:

  • Let God be your refuge in the storms of life.
  • A close personal relationship with God gives us confidence in him in days of distress.
  • God has the ultimate power to change situations. If we trust him for our salvation, he will not disappoint us; He will deliver us from the situation or help us through it

Today’s Bible memory verse:

Psalm 142:5 “I cry to you, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.’” (NIV)

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