God Our Refuge – 11/27/20

Adrienne Schmidt

Psalm 61:1-3 Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. 


I often find myself praying for things in my life to change, whether it be a selfish or selfless prayer. For example, when distress comes, my instinct is to pray for it to go away. In this Psalm, David cries out to God in deep distress (“I call as my heart grows faint”). The purpose of his prayer isn’t that God would remove David from the distress, but that God may use David’s distress to bring him closer to God (“lead me to the rock that is higher than I”). It is David’s past relationship with God that gives him this confidence in God (“For you have been my refuge”). And because of this, David knows that not only will God ultimately bring light to David’s distress but that David can find shelter in the midst of his distress. 


Lord, may our prayers emulate David’s prayer in that we seek and be closer to you, regardless of the circumstance. May our confidence be founded in the fact that you are our refuge and you will protect us.