Read Psalm 5
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. –Psalm 5:11
I’m thinking about fleece throws and fleece jackets and my favorite slippers. I love getting comfy and cozy by wrapping up in a fleece blanket. It’s a simple pleasure to come home after a long, difficult day and take off my shoes and slip into my new luxurious slippers. And now that the weather has turned really cold at night, I love snuggling in my favorite chair by the fire, covered in fleece, dog in my lap, cat on my shoulder. Simple joy. Great Comfort. For an hour or two the tough times, the sorrows, the conflicts of life are forgotten. Or at least put aside. A brief period of Refuge.
You have to read all of Psalm 5 in context to know that David in conflict with Saul and his army. Again. David ends up not fighting Saul or his men. Instead he flees, allowing God to intervene when the opportunities arise. So his trust was in God for his care in his situation. When we trust in Christ during tough times, it helps us have a deeper faith, a deeper love for God and others, and even to enjoy more confidence and joy in life! Trust in Christ helps build character.
David does not take matters into his own hands. David seeks God’s protection, while at the same time is making plans to fight or flight. His trust in God is firm and he shows his joy and contentment. He takes refuge in God. And once again he has victory by leaving both the offense and the defense to God. He turned it over to God. And he realizes that times of suffering are also times for growth and learning that builds up our faith and future.
The psalm finishes with this picture. The LORD is all round the people that love him. He is like a cover over them that stops people from hurting them. This makes us, the people of God, happy, even when our enemies are near. The sinful one who seeks evil has no place to go. Be glad… sing for joy. Because our God is One of Justice, we should rejoice. We can be assured that evil people who seem to get away with it now will not!
Refuge. God is the One we can come to. God is the One we can turn to. He is our fleece!
Do you realize that God is concerned with the things that concern you? We need to take the opportunity to be led by God, to see His guidance and direction and go the way that is best. Allow God to lead you and not your pride. Communicate with Him about your enemies and circumstances so you will know what to do. People want to destroy those who love and honor God; they hate Him and His people. But our God is bigger and greater than anything they can conceive of or deliver to us. We are safe in Him. God will judge them by their own actions, so we can take refuge in Him. We can praise God and be filled with joy and contentment for doing so. God will bless those who put Him first and love Him and His precepts.
What can you do to pursue the heart of God and have Him guide you? Focus on Christ and He will see you through it. Will your focus be in people-who they are, what they did, what they may do-or upon God who will carry you and see you through? God is in absolute control-not us, not others. Therefore, we can trust Him
1. What is the first thing you do when something goes wrong? When your life is falling apart, how can this Psalm help you?
2. God is in control! So, what gets in your way from seeing and feeling this? How does this passage tell us how a Christian can handle adversity, distress, and uncertainty?
3. How has God’s will been a path of safety for you? If it hasn’t, how can you see that there is no safer place in the universe-no better plan than to be in His will for you?
4. We do not know what the future holds for us, but God does. How does this fact help you wait, and with hope look for what He will do?
5. What can you do so that your past pains or present circumstances will not get in the way of what is really important?
Written by Deb Ford