What is it like when you are trying your very best to do what is right and someone is always putting you down, criticizing everything you do? What is it like when in times of trouble and those whom you thought you could count on to support and aid you desert you instead? What is it like when it seems everything goes wrong and you have nowhere left to turn? What is it like when it seems you have more enemies than you have friends? Does it feel as though you were in the middle of a raging storm with no shelter – no refuge – nowhere to turn?
This is the situation David often encountered. For some time before he became king, Saul, the then reigning king, hunted him like one would hunt a wild animal – intent on killing him. Then his own son, Absalom, attempted to lead a rebellion against David, overthrow him and take the throne. There were also the heathen kings of the surrounding nations who sought to destroy him and the kingdom. I am sure that to David it felt as though he were in the midst of one terrible storm after another. In fact that is the language he uses to describe his situation…
“Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.” (Psalm 57:1).
According to David’s words here, no storm was about to destroy him as long as he took refuge in the Lord. He was as secure in the Lord as if he were in a reinforced storm shelter. How badly we need the attitude David had toward trouble! How badly we need to run to the shelter the Lord provides from the storms of life!
What storms do we face today? Anyone who thinks that Christians are not under siege from the enemies of truth are really naïve. There has always been enmity between the Lord’s people and the people of the world. Today it seems that that enmity is becoming more and more pronounced. It may be that our situation is becoming more like that in the days of the early Christians when violence and death for believers was more the rule than the exception.
Atheists and unbelievers of every description abound and are not passive regarding their opposition to anyone who disagrees with their godless faith. Homosexuals openly flaunt their filthy “lifestyle” and campaign for total acceptance by society. Anyone who does not go along with their agenda and speaks out against their sin is guilty a “hate crime.” It is becoming more and more evident that even our government is becoming anti-Christian. Everywhere we look, storms of epic proportions loom on the horizon.
Again the words of David who, in the introduction to Psalm 18, “…addressed the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord rescued him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.”
“I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.” (Psalm 18:1-3).
Will the Lord do less for us today? To flee to the Lord for refuge does not mean that the storm will necessarily immediately abate. It means that, whatever occurs when the storms rage around us, there is in Him security and serenity. Whatever happens in this world, the Christian can confidently look forward to the future that he knows is his. How do we know this? The writer of the Hebrew letter tells us…
“So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever…” (Hebrews 6:17-20).
The two things that assure the security of the Christian is the promise God made long ago to – and through – Abraham and by His oath that He would do what He had promised. We can rely on Him because He has always kept His promises and cannot go back on His word. His character is at stake! He would not be God if He didn’t keep His promises!
You can rely on Him as a sure and secure refuge from the storms of life that will rage around us as long as we live in this present evil age. Put your confidence in Him ‘Til the Storm Passes By as this song says.