GOD IS MY REFUGE
In Psalm 91:2 the Psalmist wrote,
"I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust."
The word here used for "refuge" according to the Strong's Bible Concordance is מחסה makh-as-eh'
The word means a shelter (literally or figuratively).
The Psalmist is saying that God is his place of hope, place of refuge, his shelter, and trust.
No matter what trial we may face along our life's path, if we make God our refuge from the storm, from danger~ even when it comes pouring down like rain all over our lives, He will shelter us and keep us safe.
But there is also another interesting aspect about the word "makhaseh" ~ God can be our refuge from falsehood or deception.
In John 10:4-5 Jesus Christ said,
"And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers."
The word for "know" according to Strong's means "to understand, perceive, have certain knowledge of, are sure of."
Predators abound on the Internet who try to deceive unsuspecting people all the time. There are many false teachers today who are teaching error concerning the Bible. Straying from the foundational Truths of the Christian faith, yet calling themselves Christians, they are leading many astray who are not abiding in the word of God nor making Christ their Refuge.
The only way we can come to know our Good Shepherd's voice is to spend time with Him, to make Him our Refuge. That choice is up to us.
When we make Him our refuge He will be a shelter from every storm we face and protect us from every deception of the enemy that tries to lead us astray.
The Lord gives His children His Holy Spirit. Jesus said in John 16:13,
"But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth."
The Holy Spirit gives us discernment as we abide in Christ, read God's word, pray, and worship regularly. This is daily making God our Refuge.
This is how we get to know Him as our Good Shepherd and learn His voice. And He makes this promise to us in John 10:27-30
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
Heavenly Father, I pray you will be my Refuge, my Fortress, my God in who I trust today and every day.
Lord Jesus, my Good Shepherd, teach me to know Thy voice, shelter me from every storm, protect me from every deception, and keep me always close to Thy heart, filled with Thy love and light, in Jesus' name, amen.
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