The Lord is my Refuge

The Lord is my Refuge
Psalm 142

Scripture: “When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me. Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.” (Psalm 142:3-4)

Observation: David, more than anyone I know, has reason to feel abandoned. His father-in-law tried to kill him several times, hunted him down to kill him and banished him to the nations outside of Israel. He was betrayed by his own son and closest advisor. He was cheated, mocked, plotted against and much more. When he says, “There is no one at my right hand,” he’s not kidding. There are times that I feel abandoned, misunderstood, slighted, rejected and mocked. Yet, I’m not sure I can even compare to David. My problem is that I often become self-focussed when I am misunderstood or feel slighted. I tend to internalize it and take offense and hurt. However, David’s approach was much different. He is not internalizing or making himself the victim in this situation but rather identifying the issue then acknowledging that God is the solution. In verse four he says, “I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.” Then he acknowledges his solution in verse five: “I cry to you, Lord; I say, ‘You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living’.”

Application: There is no refuge but my God. He must be my focus and my guide. He is the one who is my refuge and the one who direct s my steps. He is the one who brings clarity and changes my heart. He is the one who re-organizes my priorities and sorts out my selfishness. When I turn to him and focus on him my problem seems quite inconsequential in the shadow of his beauty and grace. Instead of idolizing my problem I can worship my God. God revives my faint spirit, restores my perspective and causes me to rejoice.

Prayer: Jesus, forgive me for being so self-focused and for failing to see things from your perspective. Thank you for reminding me that it is you, not my problem that should be the center of my thought and focus. I pray that you would be the center of my affections and that you would renew a right spirit in me.

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