Have you ever been in a hopeless situation? Overwhelmed? Stuck? Feeling like you are treading water? That’s kind of how David felt in Psalm 18. What do you do? David cried to the Lord for help. The Lord heard his cry and rescued him. Hallelujah!
That’s why David begins this Psalm with a simple declaration of faith and trust. “I love you, Lord. You are my strength.” Isn’t that good? He goes on to declare that “the Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer. My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the strength of my salvation, my place of safety.”
Listen, friends, the Lord is a rock of refuge, your only true place of safety. In Psalm 91, the Psalmist returns to this theme in verses 1-2.
The Psalmist tells us that God alone is to be our refuge, and that we are to dwell in Him. We dwell in Him by trusting in Him at all times. A lot of people see a refuge or shelter as a place to run to in times of trouble. The world has it’s share of things it looks to for safety, but consider this: Any shelter you have to run to can only provide a temporary or false sense of security. God wants us to dwell in Him. When we dwell in Him, there is no running back and forth. When you dwell in Christ, your soul finds rest and you will never be shaken (Psalm 62).