Refuge: Life in the Shelter
Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Matthew 23:37-39 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. And now, look, your house is abandoned and desolate. For I tell you this, you will never see me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!’”
A couple of things from this text…
1. He is FULL of Mercy
2. He is a Community Builder
Living in the Shelter
Psalm 91:1-4 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings.
This I declare about the LORD…
1. He alone is my refuge.
Psalms 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
2. He is my God, and I trust him.
John 5:37-40 (NLT) And the Father who sent me has testified about me himself. You have never heard his voice or seen him face to face, and you do not have his message in your hearts, because you do not believe me—the one he sent to you. “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.
Benefits of those that take Refuge:
Psalm 36:7-9 How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
Fulfillment Satisfaction- "They shall be abundantly satisfied!"
Joy & Delight "You give them drink from your river of delights."
Overflowing Life "With you is the fountain of life."
Revelation ”In your light—we shall see light."
Malachi 4:2-3 “But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. On the day when I act, you will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under your feet,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.