Be my refuge

“Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place,
your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer,
your saviour, your guide? If He is, you don’t need to search any further for security.”

Elisabeth Elliot

“Let all your thoughts be with the Most High, and direct your humble prayers unceasingly to Christ.
If you cannot contemplate high and heavenly things, take refuge in the Passion of Christ,
and love to dwell within His Sacred Wounds.
For if you devoutly seek the Wounds of Jesus and the precious marks of His Passion,
you will find great strength in all troubles.”

Thomas à Kempis

(view behind Ross Castle, Killarney National Park, Co Kerry, Ireland, Julie Cook/ 2015)

In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge;
Let me never be ashamed.

In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
Incline Your ear to me and save me.

Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come;
You have given commandment to save me,
For You are my rock and my fortress.

Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked,
Out of the grasp of the wrongdoer and ruthless man,
For You are my hope;

O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth.
By You I have been sustained from my birth;
You are He who took me from my mother’s womb;
My praise is continually of You.

I have become a marvel to many,
For You are my strong refuge.

My mouth is filled with Your praise
And with Your glory all day long.

Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
Do not forsake me when my strength fails.

Psalm 71:1-9

11 comments on “Be my refuge

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  2. dawnlizjones says:

    I love that psalm! Take courage.

  3. “Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
    Do not forsake me when my strength fails.”
    Amen and amen! and that’s for both of us! Upward and onward we shall go!!! 🙂 ❤

  4. SLIMJIM says:

    Wow I just preached from this Psalm today!!! I preached this to a congregation where the majority was retired. I realized that I had a lot going against me being in my early 30s…but God was gracious.

    • Oh you shouldn’t have felt that way—as this has been a favorite Psalm of mine since I was late high school / early college…as it spoke to me about my always having a safe haven as it were from the world as I found myself walking that fine balancing wire at that age…between temptation and my relationship with the Lord.
      I find it almost ironic that my safe haven was for me to see God as my refuge…that He was my nook and safe place where I could find rest, shelter, clam from the raging storms in life—today’s youth find such on college campuses in crying rooms with coloring books and liberal minded professors who allow them to wallow and cry about stupid things like elections—things that when all is said and done, pales in comparison to the condition of their very souls….
      That was a great topic and Psalm choice no matter the age—because as long as we journey on this earth, we will always need to be reminded that we have a refuge in Jesus Christ and God as Father!!!

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