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B90X2012- Refuge

I have to admit that I was a few day behind in my reading.  With all of the work that we did on the church Living Room and working on my best Mephibosheth, the days melded into one another.

The story of Mephibosheth is a short one Biblically, however the information surrounding the events of his life are prolific.

In catching up with my reading, I found myself deeply entrenched in the story of Saul and David.  It was sooooo cool reading the Psalms David wrote quickly after he managed to elude Saul and his army.   Unless you are super-privy to which Psalm is written when historically and chronologically, one can just read through the Psalms and not really pay much attention.

As I read the historical account then bounced to the psalmist account of the same incidents, I found the correlations fascinating.

There was a word which seemed to pop up in Psalms more than any other word, not by empirical evidence, just familiar sacredness.  The word and idea was “refuge.”

Refuge has its origins in the cities established and set-up by God as safe-havens for anyone killed someone else and needed a ‘safe’ place to hang out until the evidence and ‘trial’ took place.  As long as the action was accidental and not deliberate, the murderer was safe.  More can be read about them here.

I think that David was using the word to describe Father as one who is a place of shelter, protection, or safety, not necessarily a city of Refuge.  However, the pictorial reference is nice.

The point is that regardless of where we are in life, the only true and real place of shelter, protection, and safety is in God.  He is our only safe and secure hope in life.

LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue
me,

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

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.

How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

44th Day of B90X (Ps 109:1- 134:3)

 

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In reading through Psalms, other literature about Psalms, and devotionals from Psalms, there is so much going on there which we miss on a cursory perusal of the book.  There are issues of Hebrew poetry, called parallelism, which when understood, makes some of the material make more sense.  There are issues of metaphors within the book, which, when understood, helps to make sense of some of the word-pictures.  Then there are all the musical terms- maskil, alamoth, higgaion, sheminith, shiggaion, and the ever elusive ‘Selah.’  I think it meant, the worship leader broke a guitar string, to wait a minute, just ponder.  And what about some of those song titles- “death of the son,” “do not destroy” (whatever is that about?), “doe of the morning,” “doves on distant oaks.”  Must have been something with having the letter D in the name that was important?  Maybe Iron Butterfly got there famous tune In A Gadda Da Vida from Psalms 45 & 49 “tune of the lilies.” Continue reading