Lord, I seek refuge in You;
let me never be disgraced.
Save me by Your righteousness.
Listen closely to me; rescue me quickly.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a mountain fortress to save me.
For You are my rock and my fortress;
You lead and guide me
because of Your name.
You will free me from the net
that is secretly set for me,
for You are my refuge.
Into Your hand I entrust my spirit;
You redeem me, Lord, God of truth.
In reading this passage I was captivated by David’s personal, confident prayer of faith. Faith and prayer go together hand-in-glove. Charles Spurgeon wrote:
“Faith is the foundation of prayer. Faith gives to men on earth the protection of heaven.”
David cries out for help. He has great faith in God. In Psalm 18:2 (AMP) he confidently asserts that God alone is His protection.
The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer;
my God, my keen and firm Strength in Whom I will trust and take refuge,
my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower.
David was wise to recognize his weaknesses. As Chuck Smith states: “Wisdom is knowing your weakness.” I would add that wisdom is also knowing where to turn for help. In Proverbs 30:26 the hyraxes (or conies) are considered wise because they realize they are small and weak then seek shelter in the rocks. In 2 Samuel 22:2, 7 (HCSB) David cried out to his Rock, his Fortress to be rescued. He said:
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
I called to the Lord in my distress; I called to my God.
From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry for help reached His ears.
I searched for definitions of “rock”:
- noun – shield, defense, fortress, refuge, stronghold
- adjective – immovable, impenetrable, secure
I want to be like David—
- I want to recognize that I am weak and open to attacks from the enemy.
- I cannot provide shelter or a refuge for myself.
- I owe my safety entirely to God.
- I want to take refuge behind the immovable, impenetrable shield of my Rock and my Redeemer.
He has sheltered me before…is defending me even now…and will continue to keep me securely in His grasp. With faith-filled anticipation, we pray; and in faithfulness, He answers.
“Faith establishes a claim to have it’s anticipations made good”
– Pulpit Commentary
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Lord, we are so very thankful and grateful that we can seek refuge in You, our Rock and our Fortress, knowing we will be protected and secure as we stand behind the rock solid walls of Your promises. Thank You for hearing our cries for help. Let us always be mindful to seek shelter in Your stronghold and nowhere else. In your Mighty and Holy name we pray, Amen – it is so!