Words from the Heart for Thursday September 17th, 2020
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:2 (NIV)
Canada has a long history of being a refuge for those who are fleeing persecution. One of the earliest incidents was in 1776 when 3,000 black loyalists, among them freemen and slaves, fled the oppression of the American Revolution and came to Canada. Five years later Butler’s Rangers, a military unit loyal to the Crown and based at Fort Niagara, settled some of the first Loyalist refugees from the United States in the Niagara peninsula, along the northern shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
A refugee from Syria was asked what her first day in Canada was like, and she said, “It was so quiet. I kept waiting for the next explosion, the next missile, and there weren’t any.” Having never lived in a war-torn country, I can’t imagine what it must be like to be lifted out of war and suddenly plunked in a peaceful place. It must be shocking – in a very good way. The world in which the Psalmist lived was far from peaceful. God forbade King David from building His Temple, because he was a man of war. In the midst of the conflicts that he faced far too regularly, King David wrote this in Psalm 91:2: “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” While David faced his share of national war and personal conflict, he discovered that in his relationship with God, he had found a place of peace and quiet. You can too. Jesus Christ invites you to find a refuge and fortress in Him. You are not facing military conflict, but there are daily struggles. Run to the God who wants to be your refuge.
These have been words from the heart.