Mountain Moving Monday: Refuge

Monday, March 17, 2014

In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.” (Psalm 62:7)

Word Study: Refuge

The original meaning of refuge in this verse is taken from the Hebrew word, Machaceh, which means shelter, hope, place of trust, or to confide in.

Let’s look at the word refuge in the scripture above to see how it applies to our lives.

When we’re in need of protection, we look for shelter. When we need a place to heal we seek hope. When we just need to let it all out, we search for someone to confide in. Sound familiar?

The scripture above says, “…my refuge is in God.” The Lord has masterfully established himself as a refuge in our lives. As we continue coping with and coming to terms with the emotions of grief, we find that through it all we just need a safe place to rest ourselves. What we truly desire is to run to a refuge where we can be honest with our emotions, let out our feelings of sadness or frustrations, and be unashamed when we’re feeling exposed. God is that safe place.

But there are some emotions that must be removed from our lives. The emotional mountains involved with grief such as, hopelessness and defeat can be moved when we seek refuge in Almighty God. We’re not suggesting that you not acknowledge grief, we want to encourage all of us whom have faced loss to use these emotions of grief to move us towards God, not away from Him. 

It's in God that we have a safe place where we can heal from what's hurting us. When we’re distressed over our lost loved ones we must hope in Him. When we’re distraught over our lost jobs we must seek shelter in Him. When we’re destroyed over our loss of privacy we must place trust in Him. When we’re discouraged over the loss of our children to a bad custody battle we must confide in Him. He alone is our comfort.

When was the last time you sought refuge in God?

The Lord knows that in this life we will all face some form of loss. Instead of being dismayed, He desires that in our times of grief that we move the mountains that try to keep us wounded and depressed and above all else, seek refuge in Him.


Lord, we thank you for being our hiding place. We find rest for our souls in the refuge of your love. Father, we thank you for being the One that we can confide in when there’s no one else we can turn to, or when it seems no one understands what we're going through. God, we praise you for being a place of trust when we’ve lost faith. We pray that in our search for comfort that your refuge will serve as a welcome retreat and a wonderful reminder that you will never leave nor forsake us. In the strong name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

How will your refuge move mountains today?

*Word definitions taken from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance*

The purpose of S.W.A.P. Ministries is to encourage women to live, not just exist, and learn how to be bold about sharing the gospel of Christ to others.

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