“O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge;
save me from all my pursuers and deliver me,
lest like a lion they tear my soul apart,
rending it in pieces, with none to deliver.”
—Psalm 7:1-2 ESV
David was being pursued.
This psalm’s title says that it was written “concerning the words of Cush, a Benjamite.” Now, we don’t know exactly who Cush was, but he was related to King Saul (also a Benjamite), and that means that David probably wrote this song when he was fleeing from Saul, who was jealous of David and feared that he would seek to supplant his throne.
Anyway, David describes his pursuers like a lion, eager to “tear (his) soul apart.”
During that period of time, David was hiding in caves and strongholds, but he recognized a key truth: no stronghold is sufficient to protect you if God is not your refuge.
For without God on your side, you will be at the mercy of your enemies, “with none to deliver” you.
Whatever you’re going through today, remember this: God is the only sure refuge in a world of uncertainty.
Here is a short prayer to help you invite God into every moment of your day:
Exhale: You are my refuge.