As David, God’s anointed king fled from his enemy, aka King Saul, he hid in a dark, dank and dusky cave. There, in the lowest point of his young life, he stopped and took refuge in the arms of God. As he paused and experienced the peace only God could provide; he was able to catch a glimpse of the futility his enemy faced. He was under God’s care, and standing in God’s will—as God’s chosen leader of the nation of God.
In that light, David could rest confidently, knowing–as with the bear, wolf, Goliath and countless other foes; God would be David’s armor and shield. David would be crazy to think that God would raise, nurture, train and anoint him; only to have him die in a cave.
We may not have as clear a picture of God’s plan for our lives, but, we can stand with the same confidence as God’s favorite king and know God is in control. As with David, there will be trials, battles, fears and temptations that we may find overwhelming, but, God is greater than all those things.
As Paul so graciously reminded the Philippians, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving bring your requests to God. Then God’s peace, which passes all human understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6
God is our refuge; crawl into his arms and rest.
God Bless You
Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed.
2 I cry out to God Most High,
to God, who vindicates me.
3 He sends from heaven and saves me,
rebuking those who hotly pursue me—
God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.
4 I am in the midst of lions;
I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts—
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongues are sharp swords.
5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth.
6 They spread a net for my feet—
I was bowed down in distress.
They dug a pit in my path—
but they have fallen into it themselves.