26
Jan
15

The Stronghold

The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.

Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. – Psalm 9:9-10 (NIV)

What oppresses you?  How has life beaten you up and dragged you down?  Has the weight of life crushed you in the last week?  In the last year?  In the last five years?  Ten?  Twenty?  How have you dealt with this sense of being oppressed by life?

I think that too often we try to deal with the struggle and weight of life on our own instead of turning to God.  Perhaps God is too busy.  Maybe He doesn’t want to be bothered.  He doesn’t want to bother with little insignificant me, right?  Wrong.  God is big enough to handle all of the problems of the world and He cares enough about you to handle yours as well.

In Psalm 9, the Hebrew word for “refuge” is the same word that is translated as “stronghold”.  It literally means “high”.  Like the high, protective walls of a city, God is a strong refuge where we can go in times of crushing trials and trouble.  In verse 10, we are encouraged to seek God and trust in Him because He will never abandon or forsake us.  God will never turn His back on you and me.  He will never leave us.  We must continually seek after God and ask of Him for He cares about us.  He really does love you and He really does love me.  He proved it by sending His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins.  Every sin we could possibly commit, He can and will forgive because He loves us.

When the trials and tribulations of life come, do not try to deal them on your own.  Do not turn away from God in hopes of handling them by yourselves.  Seek after God and run into His loving arms of refuge.  He is a stronghold for your heart and your soul.

 

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