Refuge for the Heart

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. [Psalm 9:9 NIV]

Trouble seems to eventually find us. We hurt and feel alone in our suffering. We look and find no place to turn. In addition to the pain, we sometimes experience a sense of abandonment. In times like these we need a place of refuge for our souls. A place of healing and refreshing for our hearts.

My life experience informs me to the nature of such a place. I think that the words 'refuge' and 'stronghold' communicate an environment and atmosphere of encouragement. Sometimes such courage can be found in times of solitude with the Lord. Yet generally, courage is found in the company of friends.

It points me to the way that God 'normally' interacts with us. For sure he often speaks to us in a still small voice. Yet he usually encourages and strengthens us through gifted members of the Body of Christ. I have received strength from the words and acts of such saints. And my heart has been encouraged.

Help me Lord. I want to hide when I hurt. Help me to be vulnerable to the encouragement of friends.

... this devotion is part of a series about King David.

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