Living with God as our refuge
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence (Psalm 91:1-2 NIV).
How incredible are these words! Here we have the author, most probably Moses, writing about a close intimate fellowship and habitual relationship with God. Moses was the one who came down from the mountain after 40 days in communion with God and his face shone so brightly after the encounter that he had to cover it. It is also said of Moses that God spoke with him face to face as you would speak to a friend (Ex. 33:11). Here was a man who truly could say that he dwelt continually in the Most Holy Place under the very shadow of God.
Yet, Jesus, in His death, tore the curtain that separated us from this hidden part of the temple so that we, likewise, can boldly come into the presence of God Himself and live under His protective shield. “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Heb. 4:16 NIV). Those who know the love of God in Jesus Christ have had the way made open for them to go into this secret, mysterious place and dwell confidently for evermore under the blessings of the Almighty.
Like Moses, we can now refer to God as my refuge and my fortress. Every animal when it is threatened will take flight to their place of refuge, be it a den, a nest, a hole or a cave and when we are endangered or buffeted by Satan we have not only our personal refuge from all the troubles and tribulations, but also a fortress. How secure has Jesus made us in God!
In Jesus we can be confident in saying, ‘He is MY God and I will trust in Him” and our Saviour God will stand between us and all the fury and anger of our evil forces without.