Several years ago, our family went to New Orleans for a day. We spent a day eating beignet’s, and just wandering around. We walked through the French quarter.. through the tourists… we walked into St. Louis Cathedral. As we did, we left the noise of the French Quarter behind. It was quiet… or quieter than outside. It was a place of refuge…
Think about that word…
A refuge is a place of safety. A place of peace and solace.
There is an old southern gospel song that goes…
“Why don’t you lead me to the rock that is higher than high.
Oh, lead me to the rock; Jesus lead me to the rock.
Why don’t you lead me to the rock that is higher than I?
Thou hast been a shelter for me.”
That song is based on Psalm 61:2-3 where the Psalmist says “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a refuge for me.”
Maybe you need a place of refuge… the best refuge for us is the Lord. The Psalmist says, “Lead me to the rock than is higher than higher than I.” He wanted a place so high that he felt safe from his enemies.
That place is found in Jesus. Now, someone may ask, “Ok, HOW does Jesus give me refuge?” He gives us refuge as we reminded of scripture that can calm our hearts. Psalm 23 says, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”
John 14:1 says, “Let not your heart be troubled.”
These and other scriptures provide us a place of refuge.
We might find refuge through Christian music. Maybe a song ministers to you in the quietness of your home or in church.
We might find refuge through a sermon. I love to listen to good preaching. God often speaks to my heart through that.
We might find refuge through Christian friends. Maybe a cup of coffee with a friend is what the Lord uses to calm our spirit.
Whatever we are facing, the Lord promises to be with us. He will lead us to the rock that is higher than I.”