The Only Refuge

“In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness…. Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth…. My times are in your hands; …Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I have cried out to you….” (Ps.31:1, 5,15-17)

Taking a Stand

David acknowledges that God is his only place of refuge. All other sources will fail us and we will be terribly ashamed for trusting them. However, though it is not the ‘in thing’ to do, if you place your trust in the Lord God you will be happy at the end. It may look foolish to trust the God of heaven when there are human ways to tackle your problems. It may not be the wise thing from the human point of view. But to a person who has found the God of heaven as his only refuge it is an open confession, though it may look ridiculous. David was a valiant warrior yet he found God’s ways were always the best. We must be prepared to openly confess our dependance on our God in all circumstances. God cannot help someone who is ashamed of Him in front of people. While on earth Jesus committed Himself to do the will of God and placed His life into the hands of the Father using the words in Ps.31:5a. David was not ashamed to own his God in public. “But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”” (Ps.31:14)

Giving Thanks
After receiving God’s protection and experiencing His preserving grace, we need to express our gratitude as a testimony. David praises his God and tells others to trust in Him. He says God has stored up His grace for those who depend only on Him. “How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you” (Ps.31:19). Another rendering of this verse says that God bestows His abundant grace upon those who take refuge in Him openly, in the sight of men.

We need to stand out in the open as Christians, taking refuge in our God and giving thanks to our God, ‘in the sight of men’.

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