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Seeking Refuge

Posted on Jun 07 , 2014 in God's Word & Life Lessons & Salvation

Seeking Refuge

© By Brad L Hodges

Psalm 73:28 (A psalm of Asaph)
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds.

Oh, a storm is threat’ning
My very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away
War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
Ooh, see the fire is sweepin’
Our very street today
Burns like a red coal carpet
Mad bull lost your way
War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
Rape, murder!
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
Rape, murder!
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
Rape, murder!
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
The floods is threat’ning
My very life today
Gimme, gimme shelter
Or I’m gonna fade away
War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
I tell you love, sister, it’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away
Kiss away, kiss away
“Gimme Shelter” lyrics – © 1969 Rolling Stones

[1] “TEOTWAWKI: The end of the world as we know it. In use since the early 80s.
Survivalism is a movement of individuals or groups (called survivalists or preppers) who are actively preparing for emergencies, including possible disruptions in social or political order, on scales from local to international. Survivalists often acquire emergency medical and self-defense training, stockpile food and water, prepare to become self-sufficient, and build structures (e.g., a survival retreat or an underground shelter) that may help them survive a catastrophe.”

The threats of the end of the world or other apocalyptic disasters has been part of humanity’s status-quo since the beginning of time. In more modern eras it ranged from the Rolling Stones 1969 song, above, which spoke of the Vietnam War to the early 80’s terminology of “TEOTWAWKI,” spawned in part by the Cold War with Russia and the threat of nuclear annihilation.

Public fallout shelters and private bomb shelters were prevalent in the Cold War days for people to seek refuge in from potential nuclear war.

Even more recent is the Survivalism movement brought on by fear of a breakdown of our government in America.

In Biblical times the great TEOTWAWKI was the flood in which God destroyed the earth and all humanity in it sparing only Noah and his family.

Humans naturally fear death and seek refuge from it any way they can under many real or perceived circumstances.

Aside from physical threats of total destruction we humans face many spiritual TEOTWAWKI’s.

In the opening Bible verse in Psalm 73 (read the entire Psalm here: http://bit.ly/1hFCynY), [2] “Divine providence and the internal battle within one’s soul are the two main themes of this psalm. It speaks of the journey of self-realization about the evils around the world but also coming back and realizing the plan of God.

Psalm 73 deals with how the righteous are to respond to corruption within the ranks of wealth, power and influence. Initially, the good man or woman is scandalized by the revelation that leaders are abusing the power of their privileges. But as Asaph reflects on the nature of God, he comes to understand that even the most powerful authority figures, if corrupt and unchanged (unrepentant), will receive his reward at the hands of the Lord. Asaph might have witnessed corruption within the ranks of the officials of the Temple.

In this Psalm, Asaph questions the fairness of why the wicked seem to prosper. Asaph goes into the sanctuary, the part of the temple where sacrifices are done and gets a new perspective. Asaph sees God’s judgement of evil and takes refuge in that God.”

Aside from the musical, historical and biblical history in this post, the fact is, for believers in God and those seeking the truth, the only real refuge from physical and spiritual threats in our world is in God and finding eternity with Him through acceptance of Jesus Christ as our personal savior. We no longer fear death if we have insured eternity through Christ.

Sharing God, or “telling of His deeds” with others is the responsibility of every believer so that as many people as possible may find refuge from the world and sanctuary in the eternity of Heaven.

Making the Sovereign Lord our refuge is the only way to “get shelter” and find refuge from The End Of The World As We Know It.

Eternity is forever in Heaven where we no longer have the need to find refuge from anything.

References:
[1] Wikipedia ‘Survivalism’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivalism retrieved 06/07/2014
[2] Wikipedia ‘Psalms of Asaph’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psalms_of_Asaph retrieved 06/07/2014.


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