Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 7, 2014

“God is a refuge for us.”

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 19:1-13.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“1 “When the Lord your God cuts off the nations, whose land the Lord your God gives you, and you dispossess them and settle in their cities and in their houses, 2 you shall set aside three cities for yourself in the midst of your land, which the Lord your God gives you to possess.  3 You shall prepare the roads for yourself, and divide into three parts the territory of your land which the Lord your God will give you as a possession, so that any manslayer may flee there.

4 “Now this is the case of the manslayer who may flee there and live:  when he kills his friend unintentionally, not hating him previously— 5 as when a man goes into the forest with his friend to cut wood, and his hand swings the axe to cut down the tree, and the iron head slips off the handle and strikes his friend so that he dies—he may flee to one of these cities and live;  6 otherwise the avenger of blood might pursue the manslayer in the heat of his anger, and overtake him, because the way is long, and take his life, though he was not deserving of death, since he had not hated him previously.  7 Therefore, I command you, saying, ‘You shall set aside three cities for yourself.’”    Deuteronomy 19:1-7.


God’s provision of cities of refuge points us to Himself being our refuge.

“Trust in Him at all times, O people;  Pour out your heart before Him;  God is a refuge for us.  Selah.”  Psalm 62:8.

“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.

“Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.”  Psalm 16:1.

“Wondrously show Your lovingkindness, O Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand From those who rise up against them.”  Psalm 17:7.

“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.”  Psalm 18:2.

“As for God, His way is blameless;  The word of the Lord is tried;  He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.”  Psalm 18:30.

“In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge;  Let me never be ashamed;  In Your righteousness deliver me.”  Psalm 31:1.

“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.

“How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!  And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.”  Psalm 36:7.

“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.

“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.”  Psalm 57:1.

“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.

“Let me dwell in Your tent forever;  Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings.  Selah.”  Psalm 61:4.

“On God my salvation and my glory rest;  The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.”  Psalm 62:7.

“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.

“In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge;  Let me never be ashamed.”  Psalm 71:1.

“I have become a marvel to many, For You are my strong refuge.”  Psalm 71:7.

“But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;  I have made the Lord God my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.”  Psalm 73:8.

“I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!”  Psalm 91:2.

“He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge;  His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.”  Psalm 91:4.

“For you have made the Lord, my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place.”  Psalm 91:9.

“But the Lord has been my stronghold, And my God the rock of my refuge.”  Psalm 94:22.

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord Than to trust in man.”  Psalm 118:8.

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord Than to trust in princes.”  Psalm 118:9.

“For my eyes are toward You, O God, the Lord;  In You I take refuge; do not leave me defenseless.”  Psalm 141:8.

“I cried out to You, O Lord; I said, “You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.”  Psalm 142:5.

“Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies;  I take refuge in You.”  Psalm 143:9.

“In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge.”  Proverbs 14:26.

“Every word of God is tested;  He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”  Proverbs 30:5.

“The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him.”  Nahum 1:7.



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