Monday, July 14, 2008

My Home is a Refuge

Psalm 57For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. A miktam . When he had fled from Saul into the cave.
1 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.
2 I cry out to God Most High,
to God, who fulfills {his purpose} for me.

3 He sends from heaven and saves me,
rebuking those who hotly pursue me;
Selah
God sends his love and his faithfulness.

4 I am in the midst of lions;
I lie among ravenous beasts—
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongues are sharp swords.

5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth.

6 They spread a net for my feet—
I was bowed down in distress.
They dug a pit in my path—
but they have fallen into it themselves.
Selah

7 My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.

8 Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.

9 I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.

10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth.


I've been asked by ChristianBibleStudies.com to write a Bible study for women in ministry. The topic is finding refuge in our families.

So, I've spent the past few weeks meditating upon God as our refuge and I've landed at Psalm 57. I'm wondering, what does it mean to you that God is our refuge? How does the imagery in this psalm give you a better understanding of God?

4 comments:

Susan said...

Hey Heather,

Great Psalm.

... will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.

I truly have experienced God's safety in the midst of some trying times. That refuge became a place of peace when there were no answers, or I could not intervene in my children's lives.

Thank God for His refuge!

What an honor to be asked to write this article!!

Blessings to you my friend♥

Julie said...

Congratulations! How awesome....

Julie

Tami Boesiger said...

He offers escape from the mundane, the stressful, the things we don't understand.

My favorite verse is 7. My heart is steadfast when I continue to praise no matter what. That is where I can find refuge. It reminds me of the verse that says He inhabits the praise of His people.

Kathy S. said...

When I think of God as my refuge, from a past study of Ps 91, I think of being under the wings, as a bird "hides" her young from predators. I picture the bird lifting the wing a crack, and looking to see that baby is still there safe and sound.

He is a covering, a warm place, a safe place, protecting and comforting.

I also think of the verse, underneath are the everlasting arms. Holding me through the death of my brother. He covers and He carries. Sweet Savior!

I am excited for your project Heather! Yay God!