In You, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness
deliver me!

Psalm 31: 1

Why do we seek refuge? In some areas, there are shelters that communities set up as safe
places to go in case of natural disaster; some of us grew up in an era of worry
and fear over the potential for international nuclear war, and we learned all
about radiation proof shelters. Refuge is always a place to go where whatever
it is that is trying to get you can’t grab you; safe and secure, there are
times and places where there are physical or legislative constraints on access
to us.

Fortunately, we never tested the radiation proof shelters, for other shelters certainly do
fail; sometimes people with power simply ignore the societal or the legislative
sanctity of a location and go in after their intended victim. Sometimes our
secure jobs, solid retirement investments, and community stature crumble and
collapse leaving us insecure and anxiety plagued. The life-extending health and
fitness plan is defeated by a singularly devastating disease or by a momentary
misstep.

True security, real and impenetrable refuge comes from the only absolute power and
total authority in the universe. The Lord will hold me close; He always has; He
always will. No matter how hard evil may try to get through to me, God
protects me; sometimes the form that the protection takes troubles me, for God
does not always keep my money, my possessions, my job, or even my
health whole and intact in the manner that I would like for Him to do.
Still, the Lord protects and cares for me; everything that is important to me
and for me is cared for.

No matter what happens, regardless of loss or defeat, when I look to the Lord for my
sense of worth and for my security, I can always hold my head up high, look my
fears in the face, and know that He has made me the victor in this life. The
righteousness of God covers me and directs my life onto paths of right living,
and He protects me in ways that no man made shelter or sanctuary and
no plan that I can develop could even begin to contemplate.