TDR: 3 April (Psalm 143:9)

‘I have fled to you for refuge’ (Psalm 143:9)

This implies DANGER – the Christian may often be in danger, from sin, self, and foes. FEAR – the Christian’s fears may be groundless, but they are often very painful. INABILITY – to defend themselves, or to overcome their opposition. FORESIGHT – they see the storm in the distance, and look out for escape. PRUDENCE – they hide before the storm, or before the enemy comes upon them… a laudable concern for safety and comfort.

The Christian believer will, at all times, flee to Jehovah. Jacob flies to Laban; the murderer to the refuge; the bird to its mountain; and the Christian to their God. Asa may seek physicians; Ephraim to King Jareb; and Saul to the witch; but the believer looks to their God. The Lord receives, befriends, and secures.

Let us flee to Him by prayer, in faith, with hope, for salvation; and He will receive us, shelter us, and be our refuge and strength. Flee from sin, from self, from the world; but flee to Jesus. His heart is always directed towards us; His ear is open to us; and His hand is ready to help, protect, and deliver us. His throne is our asylum, His promise our comfort, and His omnipotence our guard.

Happy soul, that free from harms,
Rests within his shepherd’s arms!
Who has quiet shall molest?
Who shall violate his rest?
He who found the wandering sheep,
Loves, and still delights to keep.

THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)