The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed
A refuge in times of trouble.
Psalm 9:9 (NKJV)
God’s a safe-house for the battered,
a sanctuary during bad times.
The moment you arrive, you relax;
you’re never sorry you knocked.
Psalm 9:9-10 (MSG)
The word refuge means a place of shelter, love and forgiveness. It is a place away from the enemy and storms. It is a place of protection.
I want to encourage us today to be places of refuge. Sometimes a refuge is not simply a physical place, but a spiritual place where people can find what they need. In the Message, it talks about a God being a safe house for the battered. People are being battered today. There is chaos in so many lives. Families are hurting from outside forces trying to bring destruction. I believe we are instruments for the Kingdom of God. We are to be the one God uses to bring healing. People speak hurtful words and say things in anger that causes people to lose hope.
I want you to know that today there is a place of refuge for you. God will give you peace in the storms of life. He will cause you to forget the past and move toward your future. Allow the Lord to use people to give you refuge and allow yourself to be used to give refuge to someone hurting today.
Somewhere over Mexico in November 2015, I passed the one million mile mark with Delta Airlines. That is a lot of time in the air! I have flown with many other airlines and don't really know how many miles total I have flown, but I hit this mark with one airline. What an amazing journey the Lord has given me.
The Bible says to not lean to our own understanding. So many times we think we know everything about a matter, but the truth is we do not. Admit your need to hear His voice and allow the Lord to speak to you. Our tendency is to be stubborn, but the Lord wants us to believe His voice. God's will is not some mystical experience, but a day by day walk with His guidance.
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