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.
Psalm 71: 1-3 nasu
The word of the week is “refuge.” A refuge is a place or a person that gives us protection. Dr. Phil says that we should have people in our lives who are “a safe place to fall” meaning that there are times when we feel too weak to face the consequences of our life. Amy Carmichael describes this person as someone who does not pity or feel sorry for you because of your circumstances, because pity only makes you weaker. No, the person who is your safe place to fall, your refuge, strengthens you, they help you find your backbone. Psalm 71 is all about praising the Almighty, remembering who he is, so that we become strong, to get back into the fight and soldier on.
Where did David find his refuge? In Psalm 71 he claims that God is his Rock, his place of habitation (vs 3), where he lives. Read Psalm 71 with purpose. Look for what David says about the Almighty, about himself and about his enemies. But especially look at what he says about God. Then come back to this devotion….
Jesus talks about the rock of habitation in Matthew 7:24-27.
(21) ” Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. …(24) “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. (25) “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. (26) “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. (27) “The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell–and great was its fall.”
We are told to build our house on the rock, the solid foundation that is the Almighty. We live in his righteousness. That is a noun, an idea that is as solid as a wall. Our own righteousness is a verb, something that we try to do but never quite get there. Live in the Almighty’s righteousness by praising him for who he is.
…my rock and my fortress (vs 3)
…my hope (vs 5—the same word that was translated “chord” in our study of Rahab)
…my strong refuge (vs 8)
David gets so stoked about the rest he has in God’s righteousness that he knows he will
… tell of Your righteousness and of Your salvation (Y’shua) all day long;
Earlier I said that the righteousness of God is a noun; he is righteous.. Our righteousness is a verb, something we try to do to be “right” before the Almighty in the World. There is no rest for us in our righteousness. David is not just telling the world about God’s righteousness, but of his Salvation. The word for Salvation is the Hebrew word “Y’shua” which is our word for Jesus. It is in Jesus that you can stop trying to be something that you are not (righteous). It is in Jesus that you can rest. He is the rock that you can build your house on, he is the habitation that you have in God. He is the one you saves you from all enemies. Build your house on this rock, the rock of Y’shua—Salvation.
Mrs. Hagerty, October 22, 2015