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My refuge, my place of safety

February 3, 2016

Psalm 59--16

The Verse of the Day for February 3, 2016 comes from Psalm 59:16 (New Living Translation):

But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress.

The closing verse of Psalm 59 reiterates the same message:

17 O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love.

The Psalmist expresses a watchful attitude toward God, a source of refuge who will come to his rescue in other related verses.

Psalm 62:7

My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.

Psalm 91:2

This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.

Psalm 119:114

You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope.

Psalm 141:8

I look to you for help, O Sovereign Lord. You are my refuge; don’t let them kill me.

2 Samuel 22:3 summarizes a similar expression of looking to God as a source of safety, a refuge and savior:

My God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence.

Finally, in what the New Living Translation calls Jeremiah’s Prayer of Confidence, we find these words:

Jeremiah 16:19

Lord, you are my strength and fortress, my refuge in the day of trouble! Nations from around the world will come to you and say, “Our ancestors left us a foolish heritage, for they worshiped worthless idols.

Esther Mui offers a musical rendition of selected verses from Psalm 59 as a Christian Scripture Worship song “God is My Defense.”

Psalm 59:1-2, 9-10a, 16-17:

1 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
Defend me from those who rise up against me.

2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,
And save me from bloodthirsty men.

9 I will wait for You, O You his Strength;
For God is my defense.

10a My God of mercy shall come to meet me;

16 But I will sing of Your power;
Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;
For You have been my defense
And refuge in the day of my trouble.

17 To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises;
For God is my defense,
My God of mercy.

God is my defense

March 27, 2015

The Verse of the Day for March 27, 2015 provides a comforting reminder of who God is and what He provides:

Psalm 62:7 (New Living Translation)

My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.

Throughout the Psalms we find similar exhortations. Take a look at these verses:

Psalm 59:1-2, 9-10, 16-17 (NLT):

1Rescue me from my enemies, O God.
Protect me from those who have come to destroy me.
Rescue me from these criminals;
save me from these murderers.
You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me,
for you, O God, are my fortress.
10 In his unfailing love, my God will stand with me.
He will let me look down in triumph on all my enemies.

16 But as for me, I will sing about your power.
Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
a place of safety when I am in distress.
17 O my Strength, to you I sing praises,
for you, O God, are my refuge,
the God who shows me unfailing love.

Psalm 18:1-2 NLT is also noteworthy:

[Psalm 18] [For the choir director: A psalm of David, the servant of the Lord. He sang this song to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from all his enemies and from Saul. He sang:] I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.

2 Samuel 22:3 summarizes a similar expression of looking to God as a source of safety, a refuge and savior:

My God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence.

Here is a personal poetic expression, an excerpt from a psalm entitled “A Prayer to Know the Fullness of Your Grace”:

Protect Me

As a child runs to safety in his father’s arms,

So I, too, run to you, “my shelter from life’s storms.”

Lord, I long to dwell with you in the secret place,

My buckler, my shield, deliverer, my fortress,

Strong tower, defender, who responds to my prayer.

For Lord, you are faithful, who will establish me

And protect me and deliver me from evil.

We close this entry with Esther Mui offering a musical rendition of selected verses from Psalm 59 as a Christian Scripture Worship song “God is My Defense.”

Psalm 59:16: Taking refuge

February 3, 2014

Psalm 59--16

In reflecting upon The Verse of the Day for February 3, 2014, other verses that speak of God as a source of refuge also come to mind. I recall that my Psalm 27, my favorite, also mentions that “In the time of trouble shall he hide me. In the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me. He shall set me up, upon a rock.” The Psalmist further explains that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in the time of trouble (Psalm 46:1) and declares that “In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God” (Psalm 62:7).

Psalm 118:8-9, which some believe to be located in the center of the Bible, also express a profound truth:

It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. (Amplified Bible)

The times in which we live seem to be especially challenging, as the pressures of life abound in the midst of what the Bible speaks of as “perilous times” or times that are difficult to deal with. The lyrics to “This Too Shall Pass” express what seems to be transpiring in our lives every day:

In the middle of the turbulence surrounding us,

These trying times are so hard to endure

In the middle of what seems to be your darkest hour

Hold fast your heart and be assured

From time to time, we may lose focus and become anxious regarding our circumstances that ever seem to fluctuate. During times of uncertainty when our feet seem to slip and we are about to lose our grip, we can turn our thoughts toward the promises of God, assured that just as He has been with us through the stormy trials of the past, so He will be with us now. Along with the Psalmist, we take comfort in knowing that God is our refuge.

I also recall lyrics to another original song:

I Will Deliver You

I will deliver you from the snare of the fowler.

As a bird escapes from the cage, so I will release you from captivity.

I will lift you up, out of the hand of your fiercest enemy.

I will draw you to myself and hide you under the safety of my wing.

I will deliver you from the raging deep waters.

The sea shall not overwhelm you, but I will bring you through the storms in peace.

I will lift you up, and bear you up on the wings of an eagle.

I will provide for you and hide you in my secret dwelling place.

These lyrics bring to mind a song of great comfort “You are my hiding place” offered by Selah”:

The Verse of the Day and other passages from the Book of Psalms remind us that God, our refuge, is a very present help in the time of trouble.

Psalm 62:7 and Psalm 62:1: Reminder to quietly wait

October 11, 2013

The Verse of the Day for March 27, 2014 is found in Psalm 62:7 in the King James Version:

In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

Verse 7 actually reiterates the message of verse 7 of Psalm 62:1:

Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.

Listen to Aaron Keyes who offers a wonderful musical rendition of Psalm 62:

Psalm 62:1 was the Verse of the Day for October 13, 2013, and the blog entry for that day is re-posted here:

The Verse of the Day for October 11, 2013 is taken from Psalm 62:1 in the King James Version:

Psalm_62-1

Three other versions of the Bible provide additional insight into Psalm 62:1

Amplified Bible:

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.

New King James Version:

Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.

New Living Translation:

 I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible:

I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.

These various versions of the Verse of the Day remind us that we are not just waiting, but we are waiting silently, quietly in a state of rest.

The lyrics from the hymn “Open My Eyes,” written and composed by Clara H. Scott, reiterate our being quiet as we wait:

Quietly now I wait for Thee,

Ready my God Thy will to see,

Open my eyes illumine me…

The lyrics to the hymn are displayed while Nathanael Provis plays the melody on piano, a perfect musical illustration of Psalm 62:1

A contemporary worship song with the same title “Open My Eyes” is offered by Hillsong with these lyrics which serve as a bridge in the song:

And as I wait on You my God
I’ll know the voice of truth
In quietness I am in awe
And as I worship You my Lord
I understand the cross
The sacrifice of God

As we wait on the Lord, we are not in a state of apprehension or anxiety, but we are in a state of “blessed assurance,” as the lyrics to one of the most popular hymns of all time remind us:

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Saviour am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

This most moving rendition of the classic is offered acapella by The Isaacs:

I conclude this blog entry with a poem inspired, in part, by a reference to waiting on the Lord:

    I Wait for You—I Wait on You

Waiting on the Lord is all about expectancy and faith,

knowing He longs to meet with us more   

than we could ever even imagine wanting

to meet with Him.

                  Mark Kaphaem

 

I am restless, breathless, as I anticipate

The unspeakable pleasure of our rendezvous.

The bridal chamber is prepared, and now I wait

Until you arrive and tell me what I must do.

While I wait for you to enter the secret place

My passions arise, as incense burns in a bowl.

Beyond the veil I shall know you face to face

And consummate desires aflame within my soul.

I wait for you—I wait on you, to do your will

Until the day when I shall know as I am known,

When at last this yearning for more you fulfill,

As the splendor of your glory is fully shown

When I shall know the love of God without measure

And ever dwell in the house of your good pleasure.

 

Meditating on Psalm 62:1, the Verse of the Day, is great way to start the day, as we watch and wait.