When David wrote this psalm about God being his refuge, he was literally sitting in a cave, hiding from his enemies!
Much is said in the Scriptures about standing and fighting, but sometimes, as David found, the only thing to do when times of crisis arrive is to hide yourself in the Lord.
We all have times when we need to draw aside to be with the Lord. Even if the battle we are fighting is a righteous one, we need to be on our guard that we don’t start fighting it in our own strength, using our own resources. If we are not hand in hand with the Lord, then we had better not go into battle.
So David finds himself in a cave, hiding from his enemies, and completely alone. He cries out to the Lord. He has complete confidence that even though everybody seems to be against him, the Lord will hear his complaint, will watch over his faint spirit, and will grant him mercy.
He says, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” David’s word ‘portion’ here has a similar meaning to territory, land or inheritance. In ancient Israel, portions of land were an essential part of the economy – a man’s portion, or plot of land, would be his home, his source of food, his wealth, and his legacy. David is saying that God is his everything, his all in all, his provider and his security.
When we find ourselves in trouble, and when all our human allies seem to have fallen away, God is our refuge and our strength. He can deliver us when all else has failed.
Meditation verse: I cry to you Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”