Refuge is not a word that I use every day. My immediate connection to the word is “wildlife refuge,” which I imagine to be a hot, swampy area complete with mosquitoes. Yes, you are correct, I am not a hunter or a bird watcher. So I begin my search for another interpretation of this scripture verse.
I find it in the Maxwell Leadership Bible, a New King James Version, which says, “O Lord my God, in You I put my trust.” Trust: I believe I can relate better to this word. I understand it better, I think. Do I put my trust in God? Not always. Many times I fall into the belief that I am in control, and I don’t always listen to the message God shares with me. And so, I reflect on the words refuge and trust.
Next, I seek out my computer Thesaurus (which I love to use, by the way!), and it defines refuge: safe haven, sanctuary, shelter, protection, place of safety, asylum, harbor, retreat. These words make me feel warm, safe and relaxed. Well then, what is trust? It is described as faith, belief, hope, conviction, confidence, expectation, reliance and dependence. A sense of well-being embraces me.
These are all comforting words. When troubled, we take refuge in the Lord. Every day I strive to put my trust in my God.