God Our Refuge

Psalm 34:8 (ESV) … “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”


We associate taste with pleasure and satisfaction. The psalmist here calls for his readers to taste the goodness of God. Matthew Henry says: ‘Let God’s goodness be rolled under the tongue as a sweet morsel.’


What Sort of a Refuge Is God to His People?


He is invulnerable. In God is absolute security. A far more secure defense than the munition of rocks. “If God be for us,” etc. “Who is he that shall harm us,” etc. “In the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.”


He is a refuge ever near. His omnipresence ever surrounds us. Wherever we are, God is near at hand, and not afar off. No difficulty in coming to the refuge. Indeed, we cannot flee from Him. We cannot go from the presence of His Spirit (see Ps. 139:7, 12).


Always accessible. Not only near to us, but open to receive. Ready to shelter and to screen us. His eyes are ever upon the righteous, and His ears always open to their cry. In the day of trouble, He bears the prayer of the distressed, and sends deliverance, and enables them to glorify Him.


Unchanging and eternal.

A refuge to His people in all countries, and ages, and generations. A refuge now, and always, and generations. A refuge that never fails. A refuge in time and through all eternity.[1]





[1] Burns, J. (1992). God Our Refuge. In A. Bryant (Ed.), Sermon outlines on the attributes of God (pp. 27–28). Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.

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