Does the world around you seem chaotic and out of control?
Well, that’s exactly what seemed to be the situation that the psalmist found himself in. Nations were raging and plotting one against the other. The kings of the world taking their position against the Lord trying hard to break away from the boundaries and law that the Lord has set for man and his good. Man believed that he knew way more than the One who created him, more than the all-wise sovereign God Almighty Himself. And that kind of thinking can only lead one way – downward.
Man was in rebellion and there was such evil, pain, utter confusion, and misery all around. That was the situation the psalmist found himself in thousands of years ago, though it does actually sound like this morning’s news update too, right? Yes for sure, nothing much has changed, history is simply repeating itself. Man has not changed in his ways, and so mankind continues to face the same pain, evil and misery.
The words of the psalmist continue to ring true even today, the solution has not changed either. The psalmist says, in this scary situation where evil seems to abound, take refuge. Through all the storms of life and the evil, take refuge in the Lord, the One enthroned in heaven, the Sovereign One. The Psalmist also reminds us that the Lord is not just a place of refuge but also a place of blessing. He is our blessing in spite of evil and danger. The Lord is our strength. The Bible says if you and I take refuge in Him, we are blessed.
Watching the changing scenarios around you and the unspeakable evil in the world, are you fearful, angry and questioning? Or is yours a well watered soul that has chosen to find your place of blessing and refuge, in the Lord, trusting His Sovereignty?
- Reflect on a recent situation where you felt overwhelmed by the turmoil of life. Did you turn to God for refuge and strength, or did you rely solely on your own understanding and efforts?
- In what ways can you incorporate the message of finding blessings and refuge in the Lord into your daily life? Are there specific practices or habits you can develop to strengthen your faith and trust in His sovereignty?
- Think about the times when you’ve faced adversity or evil in your life. How did your faith in God’s sovereignty impact your ability to endure and overcome these challenges?