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God Is My Refuge

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KEY THOUGHT:    In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me:
    “Flee like a bird to your mountain. Psalm 11:1 NIV

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Psalm 11 New International Version – NIV

Psalm 11
For the director of music. Of David.

In the Lord I take refuge.
    How then can you say to me:
    “Flee like a bird to your mountain.
For look, the wicked bend their bows;
    they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
    at the upright in heart.
When the foundations are being destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”

The Lord is in his holy temple;
    the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
    his eyes examine them.
The Lord examines the righteous,
    but the wicked, those who love violence,
    he hates with a passion.
On the wicked he will rain
    fiery coals and burning sulfur;
    a scorching wind will be their lot.

For the Lord is righteous,
    he loves justice;
    the upright will see his face.


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Psalm 11 Commentary

The LORD is a strong tower, the demilitarized green zone. There can never be a safer place. Those who take refuge in God are forever safe. They don’t need any other safe haven. Definitely not the mountain!

The world thinks the mountain is a safer hiding place. From there, the enemy can easily be seen. The mountain also makes the battle more difficult for the enemy. And from this advantaged position, protecting against those shooting from the dark becomes easier. You give them an uphill battle.

This psalm is written to warn the saint against the temptation of looking at the mountain option. How then can you say to me, “Flee like a bird to your mountain.” At the same time, the scripture is encouraging us to run to God, our strong tower. From here, we find protection against the arrows that come from dark places – whose source and timing we cannot know. But regardless and in the strong tower, we are always safe, even against stealth weapons.

The mountain represents an easier and more logical option for the world. The saint must understand that for nearly every heavenly menu, there exists an easy-looking but wrong and evil menu. The mountain is an example of an evil option because it replaces God from the operation. Or when it is brought in to supplement or help God, you know you have even a bigger problem with the Jealousy of Heaven.

Could the understanding of God as the only available protection for the saint be the foundation? If we don’t understand it; or if we misapply it; could this be the point at which this very important foundation is destroyed? And if destroyed, indeed, what can the righteous do?

There is a silent admission of a huge problem in the world: the foundation is destroyed. The foundation is that huge rock we now know as the LORD Jesus Christ, the Rock of Ages. Without this foundation, the righteous, or those who seek to be righteous don’t stand a chance. Life becomes a rat race. But the LORD is still active and in charge. The righteous can still find the LORD. And with the proper foundation in place, the righteous can now live as per the original plan – something to reflect on.

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  1. It has been exciting learning how God can make things happen to his choosen one, God workout something wonderful and fulfils the promises he made to the father of Joseph.

    God’s words remains true so are his promises and indeed it has been God working out the salvation of man Kind by Grace through Faith alone.

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  2. Profound. My life needs a new introduction to God. Not that I have been right, but because God desires to help me… I see an amazing Grace here. Having broken the first commandment, still God looks for me and helps me to build up with him… And live for him. A littles knowledge of the Lord will ignite my passion and desire to serve him. This morning I pledge to seek, live and serve the Lord Jesus Christ and His purposes everyday of my life.
    Beautiful lesson

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  3. The Lord reintroduces himself and shows Israel, He is all they need. Some boast in horses and others in chariots but we’ll boast in the Lord. He is able and the only one worthy of our trust. Lord teach me how to always look up to you at all times and not focus on my strength or capabilities. This is my prayer

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  4. This far too common today. Just do something that seems like true worship yet it’s intent and actual practice is not even close to the set standard by the Lord. I personally feel challenged of some things we do in our personal lives, the focus of many churches and ministries today. We’ll need to realize the Lord must be worship as he has personally guided. Provides a good start of my reflection today

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  5. In those days when there was no King everyone did as they pleased. This is a good reminder to us that we are on own when the King of Kings isn’t leading our lives we’ll be doing what is not right and the results will show clearly how life without Christ looks like. We thank God that even when it looks like he’s not there, he’s behind the scenes working. I have learnt to trust in the Lord always.

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  6. Iam seeing this being stressed… There was no King in Israel… So lawlessness is the order of the day. This shows how heartless and wicked man can be with out the right King in his life. He can do anything. May the Lord help us to allow Christ in our lives that every aspect of our lives is changed and we yield ourselves to him alone.

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  7. I’m sure as the two daughters in-law stayed in Naomi’s home they learned about the God of Israel and appreciated His works among his people. Ruth’s determination and what she says moves my heart. She’s convinced she must go with Naomi and wants to spend her life with her, this relationship was strong especially between a mother inlaw and a daughter in-law. Yet Ruth stays and how she puts it shows the depth of her heart, I’ll go with with you, your people will be my people, your God will be my God…

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