Words from the Heart for Wednesday April 28th, 2021
You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God!
Psalm 119:114-115 (NIV)
Refuge and Shield
For many living in war torn countries, or refugee camps, Canada is seen as a refuge, a safe place in a very dangerous world. No wonder so many apply for refugee status in our country. Canada has a very clear definition of a refugee: someone who is suffering from civil war or armed conflict, from serious deprivation of their right to freedom of expression or legitimate exercise of their civil rights pertaining to dissent or trade union activity, or be facing detention or imprisonment as a consequence.
Living in Canada, we can’t begin to imagine what millions of human beings are facing right at this moment from war, persecution and deprivation. We live in a country of peace, freedom and prosperity. World history tells us that what we experience is rare – war and conflict have been far too common over the centuries. Even powerful King David experienced the need for a refuge. Too often in his life there were those who sought to kill him out of jealousy or a desire for power. In Psalm 119:114-115 he writes: “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God!” David was a man of God whose sole desire was to live according to godly precepts and principles as outlined in God’s Word. That ought to be our goal as well. The world has never understood this, and often stands against those whose desire is to live according to what the Bible teaches. The good news is that the God in whom David took refuge is available for us as well. Trust Him as your refuge and shield.
These have been words from the heart.