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A Season of Psalms - Psalm 118:8-9


Psalm 118:8-9

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.”

English Standard Version (ESV)

When the storms rage in our life, where do we run? I’m reminded of the opening scene in the movie Twister as little Jo Thornton and her family flee their ranch house for the storm cellar in the yard when an F5 tornado strikes. The family escapes safely to the storm cellar, but moments later as the tornado continues its destructive path, the hinges on the cellar door are pulled loose at the sheer force of the powerful winds. The father tries valiantly to secure the door, but is ultimately sucked out of the cellar into the howling tornado.

To whom do we turn for help in the storms of life? Psalm 118 tells us that it’s “better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” The Hebrew word translated “trust” is batah, meaning to “be firmly bound around,” “to feel secure.” The psalmist suggests that God delivers us from our trials and the hard times in our lives and provides a place of refuge that is “secure” and “firmly-bound”: His presence. When life gets tough, the tough get going…to their assets, to their trust funds, to their jobs, anything on which they feel they can depend. The problem is, this is idolatry, and idols never fail to disappoint us in the end. But God says don’t trust the fallible and corruptible, but trust in that which is imperishable and incorruptible: the Lord Himself. He is our Hope and Shield, our Strong Tower, our Rock of refuge, our Fortress and our Deliverer. He will never fail us. He will never abandon us in our afflictions. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving. Since our faith and trust are wholly in God, we can say with the psalmist in verse 6: “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” If we lean on God’s word and believe it to be true, nothing in this world can ever bring us down!

Further Reading: Isaiah 12; Psalm 31

Pray with me today:

Father, some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. You are mighty to save! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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