The Lord Our Refuge

Psalm 118:8
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

The prayer of protection declares, “Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you” (Ps. 91:9–10, boldface mine). The Word of God does not say that no evil shall befall “the world.” It says that no evil shall befall you. Verse 10 goes on to say, “nor shall any plague come near your dwelling,” and that includes your family. Beloved, let this Scripture strengthen and anchor your heart. Because you have made the Lord your refuge, no plague will come near your dwelling. Protection from strains of viruses that science does not yet have a cure for—Ebola, Zika, or AIDS—is God’s promise to you and your household!

Have you made the Lord your refuge? Today’s Scripture says, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” Interestingly, the Hebrew word for “trust” is chacah, which is the root word for “refuge” in Psalm 91.20

In other words, to make the Lord your refuge is to trust Him in all things. Trust Him with your plans, with your life, and with your family. Trust Him for His leading and wisdom. Confide in Him. Our Lord Jesus is not distant; He is not a Savior who is far away. He is so personal…so near you. There is safety and protection when we draw near to Him and dwell in His sweet presence, His Word, and His house.

In the natural, the world is getting darker and darker. But don’t look around you and be distressed. Don’t look inside you and be depressed. Look to the Lord Jesus and be completely at rest!