Rock of refuge

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Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. Psalm 71:3

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken. Psalm 62:2

No matter what is happening in life, God is unchanging. He is a firm foundation, unlike the shifting sands of the world. He is a safe hiding place.

Notice that we can come to him continually. In good times, or bad times; whether full or empty; day or night. No matter what else falls away or lets us down, God will always remain the same and he will always be for you.

In these psalms, David is able to proclaim that he will never be shaken. To be honest, there are times when I feel pretty shaken – when fear, anxiety or doubt threaten my peace. However, when I choose to take refuge in God, I can find that spiritual buoyancy which is joy, even in the midst of trials.

Perfect Peace

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You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.

Trust in the Lord for ever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

Isaiah 26:3-4

Perfect peace…sounds too good to be true? How on earth do we obtain this perfect peace? Is it by living in a state of oblivious denial to the troubles and problems around us? Or by striving to sort out everything in our lives until we finally reach a place of contentment?

No, Isaiah declares that the key to being ‘kept’ in perfect peace, is to have a mind that is fully trusting in God. Our minds are very important – how we think strongly governs how we feel and behave. And Isaiah knows that the only way that it is possible to have peace in this world is to centre our thoughts on the One who is rock-solid, and place our trust in his goodness, his provision and his love. Like the man who built his house on the rock in Jesus’ parable, we can stand against the storms of life if we have a firm foundation.

Paul urges the Philippian church to talk to God about every situation, concern and need:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7

This perfect peace, which only God can supply, defies all human reasoning and understanding. It is available to all of us, if we will take up God’s free offer of a personal and living relationship with him.