Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 8, 2014

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”

Today’s Scripture comes from Numbers 35:1-15.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I only quote the following verses.

“1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan opposite Jericho, saying, 2 “Command the sons of Israel that they give to the Levites from the inheritance of their possession cities to live in;  and you shall give to the Levites pasture lands around the cities.  3 The cities shall be theirs to live in;  and their pasture lands shall be for their cattle and for their herds and for all their beasts.  …

6 The cities which you shall give to the Levites shall be the six cities of refuge, which you shall give for the manslayer to flee to;  and in addition to them you shall give forty-two cities.  …

9 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 10 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 11 then you shall select for yourselves cities to be your cities of refuge, that the manslayer who has killed any person unintentionally may flee there.  12 The cities shall be to you as a refuge from the avenger, so that the manslayer will not die until he stands before the congregation for trial.  13 The cities which you are to give shall be your six cities of refuge.  14 You shall give three cities across the Jordan and three cities in the land of Canaan;  they are to be cities of refuge.  15 These six cities shall be for refuge for the sons of Israel, and for the alien and for the sojourner among them;  that anyone who kills a person unintentionally may flee there.”  Numbers Chapter 35:  Verses 1-3, 6, and 9-15.


The cities of refuge is today’s Scripture point to God Who is “our refuge and strength”.  I list some of the Scriptures below, but I stopped at the last listed one (Psalm 71:5-8) due to limited time, which I thought summarized so well God’s faithfulness to me and so many others our entire lives.

“As for God, His way is blameless;  The word of the Lord is tested;  He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.”  2 Samuel 22:31

“Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”  Psalm 2:12

“But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy;  And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You.”  Psalm 5:11

“1 O Lord my God, in You I have taken refuge;
Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me,
2 Or he will tear my soul like a lion,
Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver.”  Psalm 7:1-2.

“1 Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.                                                                                                                                                       2 I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You.”  Psalm 16:1-2.

“2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
And I am saved from my enemies.”  Psalm 18:2-3.

“1 In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge;
Let me never be ashamed;
In Your righteousness deliver me.
2 Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly;
Be to me a rock of strength,
A stronghold to save me.
3 For You are my rock and my fortress;
For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.
4 You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.
5 Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have ransomed me, O Lord, God of truth.”  Psalm 31:1-5.

“O taste and see that the Lord is good;  How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”  Psalm 34:8

“The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.”  Psalm 34:22

“7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
8 They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house;
And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights.
9 For with You is the fountain of life;
In Your light we see light.”  Psalm 36:7-9.

“The Lord helps them and delivers them;  He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, Because they take refuge in Him.”  Psalm 37:40

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”  Psalm 46:1

“1 Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me,
For my soul takes refuge in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge
Until destruction passes by.
2 I will cry to God Most High,
To God who accomplishes all things for me.
3 He will send from heaven and save me;
He reproaches him who tramples upon me.  Selah.
God will send forth His lovingkindness and His truth.”  Psalm 57:1-3.

“But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;  Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress.”  Psalm 59:16

“For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy.”  Psalm 61:3

“7 On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
8 Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah.”  Psalm 62:7-8.

“The righteous man will be glad in the Lord and will take refuge in Him;  And all the upright in heart will glory.”  Psalm 64:10

“5 For You are my hope;
O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth.
6 By You I have been sustained from my birth;
You are He who took me from my mother’s womb;
My praise is continually of You.

7 I have become a marvel to many,
For You are my strong refuge.
8 My mouth is filled with Your praise
And with Your glory all day long.”  Psalm 71:5-8.


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