Our Place of Refuge

Published May 5, 2018 by Pastor Ron West in Pastor's Thoughts

Our Place of Refuge

Read: Psalm 57 |

In the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by. —Psalm 57:1

It is believed that David wrote Psalm 57 while fleeing from King Saul, who had hatred in his heart for the former shepherd boy. David ducked into a cave and barely escaped his pursuer. He was safe temporarily, but the threat was still there.
We’ve all been there. Maybe not in a cave, but pursued by something that strikes fear into our hearts. Perhaps it is the deep sorrow that follows the death of someone we love. Maybe it’s the fear of an unknown future. Or it could be an oppressive physical illness that won’t go away.
In such circumstances, God does not always remove the difficulty, but He is present to help us. We wish that He would swoop in and whisk us to safety—just as David may have wished for a quick end to Saul’s pursuit. We plead with God to stop the pain and make the road to tomorrow smooth and straight. We beg Him to eliminate our struggle. But the difficulty remains. It is then that we have to take refuge in God as David did. While hiding in that cave, he said, “In the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by” (Psalm 57:1). Are you in the middle of trouble? Take refuge in the Most High God. We learn the lesson of trust in the school of trial.