7432 - My Rock of Refuge


Audio transcript

Today we want to share together in a Psalm of comfort and assurance. Psalm 31, has been a great source of blessing in my life right now. When it seems like everything in the world is against me, I turn to my Rock of Refuge. So today let’s focus on the first seven verses and the last six verses of Psalm 31.

In this Psalm David perceives a plot to take his life. In verses 1 and 2 David plainly states where he has taken refuge from the attack by his enemies.

“In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.”

I can hear the urgency in David’s voice in these verses, particularly in verse 2. “Turn your ear to me." He is calling out to the Lord, desperate to be heard.

In verse 3 David acknowledges that God is his rock of refuge, his strong fortress, for he says: “Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.” Just like David, when I am surrounded and anxious for the protection of God, it is comforting to trust in the leading of a perfect loving God.

Then in verses 4 and 5: “Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.” We see in verse 5 that David has commited his spirit to the Lord. For there’s no better place to be than in the hands of God.

Then in verses 6 and 7 you can see the contrast between the two options each of us have. “I hate those who cling to worthless idols; I trust in the Lord. I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.”

Now days it is not so common to see a whatever, stone idol, but we certainly do have our idols – money power, relationships. Anyone of these things can be an idol in our lives. Is your faith in worthless idols like this, or do you trust in the Lord who loves you and knows your anguish.

In verse 8 we see the peace that God brings to David in the midst of these attacks: “You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.”

Let’s skip ahead to verses 19 and 20: “How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you. In the shelter of your presence you hide them from the intrigues of men; in your dwelling you keep them safe from the strife of tongues.”

David's anxiety has been dispelled. Now he is delighting in the Lord's protection. Notice that this is not a secret operation, but a deliverance which is evident to other people. They can see that God is in control and has bestowed goodness upon David.

A praise breaks forth from David in verses 21 and 22: “Praise be to the Lord, for he showed his wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city. In my alarm I said, ‘I am cut off from your sight!’ Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.”

David relates the attack to experiencing a siege in a walled city. David had come to feel there was no way to be delicvered. But the Lord heard his cries and the Lord brought deliverence.

The last two verses, 23 and 24, are an admonition for all of God’s saints to stand firm in Him: “Love the Lord, all His saints! The Lord preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”

Are you being faithful? Have you put your life in God’s hands? Or are you proud? Are you trying to take care of everything on your own?

Cling to what we see in verse 24: “Be strong and take heart all you who hope in the Lord.” Put your hope in God today.