"In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, 'Flee like a bird to your mountain, for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?'"
There is no begging off from the spiritual warfare in which we find ourselves, although sometimes we’d sure like to. We’d love to have a safe place, a compound in the mountains, where we can just go hide until it’s all over; especially when we see that they’re gunning for the Christians, either literally, or in the legislature and in the courtroom.
Some people call it the “culture war.” It’s the endless struggle between good and evil, between light and darkness, between godliness and a “lifestyle” that embraces sin. Right now, it seems like the very foundations of society; the family, the Church, and normal human kindness and respect, have been destroyed. What can the righteous do under these circumstances?
The Kingdom of God has invaded the World and is in the battle to set souls free. You and I who trust in Jesus and serve Him are part of that invading force, so of course we have a target painted on our backs. So do our children and grandchildren.
Some people are recommending that “find a safe place and go hide in it” plan today, just as they did back in David’s time.
But David asks, “How can you suggest that? I already have a safe place; I take refuge in the Lord, and I rest in Him, right here in the middle of the battle. He will keep me safe.”
Then He says, “The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord 's throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.” (Psalm 11:4)
God is watching. He sees it all and knows what you are facing. You aren’t in this alone. He hears your prayers and He is with You. Jesus is still Lord of all in spite of the World’s rebellion against Him. “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”
Lord Jesus, You know that sometimes I get frightened and sometimes I grow weary in this battle. Thank You for the promise to be with me, to keep me and protect me to the end. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, Who guides and comforts me. Keep me close, always. You are my refuge; I rest in You and joyfully gather strength for today’s battle. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles