In God, I Take Refuge
by Zack Howard
Have you ever looked for something or someone you could turn to for safety? Something to comfort you, and take away some worry you might have? We might turn to spouses, to entertainment or to filling our bellies, but those merely displace our worry and fear. When we need a true refuge, what do we look for? David, in Psalm 16 provides an answer: God.
“1 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you (16.1-2).” In God’s refuge, David is comforted and unworried. He is hopeful and grateful. Being in God’s refuge means David entrusts his life completely in God’s care. David gives us two main ideas about the refuge of God.
1.In God’s Refuge, My Soul is not Abandoned.
“9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. 10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption (16.9-10).” David, in the refuge of God, trusts that God will not abandon his soul to the grave (Sheol). While David may have been talking about the physical body and the decay of the grave being put off, this has spiritual implications as well. God fulfills this prophecy of David with Jesus, when he was raised after his death did not face the physical decay of death.
For us, God will not leave our soul on the Earth, or in the grave. He will not abandon us to spiritually waste away in the ground, but rather he will take care of us—if we are in his refuge. Instead of abandoning us in the grave, God has promised to keep us with him in heaven, where we can rejoice and see the promises of eternal salvation fulfilled. We can trust that God will keep us safe, and will protect us spiritually, as long as we set God before us, as a guide and leader (16.8). If our refuge is in God, then we can be confident he will keep our souls, and he will not abandon us.
2. In God’s Refuge, I am Content.
“5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. 6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance (16.5-6).” David, because he has found his refuge in God, is content with what God has blessed him with. He has chosen God and desires him, and God has control over David’s blessings. David is able to look around and see the blessings and he is content and finds them pleasant and beautiful. Later in the Psalm, David praises God for the fullness of joy in his presence, and the path of life he now knows through God.
Likewise, we should be content with the lot God has given us. If we are in his refuge, God takes care of us—and we can find a beautiful inheritance in him: salvation. God gives us the way to life, and if we take refuge in him and in the path of salvation, we will be blessed and joyful, content with the lot he has chosen for us.
God is our refuge. David tells us of the blessings and safety he has in God’s refuge, and we can be assured we have the same.