synonyms: harbor, haven, shelter, retreat, sanctuary
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
As you probably know, if you've read a few of my posts, I get excited about words and I can get lost for hours connecting dots and thoughts with truths.
I like this verse above and I especially like this word REFUGE.
See, there are perks to being a child of God. Good perks. Life on earth perks. Perks that only children of God get.
Those who take refuge in the LORD, who see Him as their shelter and protection from danger and trouble, who is someONE you have for recourse in difficulty, those people get some pretty cool perks.
They can be glad. Even in difficulty.
They can sing for joy. Even in danger.
They have a cover of protection over them so that we who love his name may rejoice in Him.
He blesses the righteous.
He surrounds them with His favor - his rason - to be pleased with, accept, delight, favor, grace, kindness, willfulness.
Those are some pretty good perks for being a child of God.
What do you have to do to receive such wonderful perks?
Take refuge in Him.
Go to Him for shelter and protection when the assaults of this world take hold. Go to Him.
If you belong to God you are righteous. If you trust God in the salvation He has bought for you, your perk as His kid is that you get to go to HIM for protection and shelter.
You GET to.
No one else but those who call on His name get to do this. Not "good" people. Not those who follow the laws and break none of the big commands.
No, the only ones who get to have the perks of being called a child of God are the ones who call on His Name.
Sure, those who don't call on his name appear to have some perks, some "blessings," but are they glad? Do they sing for joy? Do they sleep in peace? Maybe, I don't know.
But I know I do.
I hope you do too. I hope you remember, if you are His kid, that you can find refuge in Him for the difficulties you are facing right now. I really do.
Take refuge in the Lord who loves you like no one else can love you. Seek His safety and protection from life's storms. Huddle in, under his arm, nestled on His lap.
For you are surrounded with His favor as with a shield.