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Be My Refuge, O God

July 10, 2017

 

Be My Refuge, O God

 

Opening Prayer:  O Jesus, by the power of Holy Spirit, speak to my heart through the reading of Your Holy Word that I may be transformed.  Amen.

 

Scripture Reading: Psalm 2

 

Short Analysis:  In Psalm two, David and the nation of Israel were surrounded by ungodly people and nations.  There were also ungodly people who lived within Israel.  These ungodly people were those who did not just do ungodly acts unknowingly, but did so rebelliously against God.  David then goes on to tell what God would do to those who were against Him.  In verse nine, David says, “You (God) shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”  As Christians, we might look at this Psalm and scoff at “those ungodly people.”  However, we must remember that we were once those ungodly people that rebelled against God.  Sometimes we even knowingly protest against God’s law as Christians!  See, most people think that they need to hide from God to avoid the wrath of God towards sin.  Conversely, we need to hide in God.  David calls those who want to escape the wrath of God to take refuge in Him.  Jesus is calling us to Himself because He “is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (Psalm 103:8).  Jesus came down from heaven to earth for us.  We may run into Christ’s arms and find hope, peace, and joy in Him.

 

Hymn of Response:  Jesus, My Strength, My Hope | Wesley

Verse one: Jesus, my Strength, my Hope, on Thee I cast my care, with humble confidence look up, and know Thou hear’st my prayer.  Give me on Thee to wait
till I can all things do; on Thee, almighty to create, Almighty to renew.

 

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, there were times when I was tempted to run from you.  I pray that You, by Your Holy Spirit, would call me to Yourself.  Help me Lord to find all hope and refuge in You who saved me from sin and death.  Thank you, Jesus, for Your saving grace for people like me.  Amen.

 

 

Matthew Reichenberger (19) is the Director of Ministry Development & co-founder at Changing Lives Ministry.  He is a sophomore at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and is actively involved at Reformed University Fellowship (PCA).

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