The Daily Devocast brings you daily encouragement from God’s word. Today’s devotional message Finding My Place of Refuge is based on Psalm 18:2.
You’re as real to me as bedrock beneath my feet,
like a castle on a cliff, my forever firm fortress,
my mountain of hiding, my pathway of escape,
my tower of rescue where none can reach me.
My secret strength and shield around me,
you are salvation’s ray of brightness shining on the hillside,
always the champion of my cause.
(The Passion Translation, Psalm 18:2)
Do you remember building forts as a kid? Grab a few blankets, a couple of chairs, and a flashlight and you are good to go. Having once been a kid myself and now being a father of ten, it’s been fascinating for me to see that as humans we have this innate need to create a place of refuge.
As we age up and become teenagers, the next place of refuge often becomes our bedroom because that’s where we have all of our great stuff, like our laptop, our video games, and the like. As teenagers we’re trying to find our independence and a sense of identity, so unlike our forts of days past that were in the living room amongst the rest of the family, this teenage refuge is a bit more solitary.
When we graduate into adulthood, we often lose that solitary place of refuge as we find ourselves in a lot more shared living space scenarios. In the early days, this involves our roommates and then when we finally take the plunge and get married, we have new shared spaces with our spouse and eventually our children.
Even when we’re all grown up, we still need a place of refuge. And while I realize that we can create special places in our home for entertainment, exercise, etc., the refuge I want to focus on for adulthood is a refuge that is only found in the Lord. It’s found in the prayer closet, in the secret place. A place where we can get away from all distractions and pursue deep fellowship with God.
Prayer: Father, we thank you that you are our fortress and our refuge. We ask that you’d help us to be intentional about setting aside a time and place each day to pursue a deep and abiding relationship with You. Amen.
Action Step: Do you already have a secret place or a prayer closet where you spend focused time with the Lord? If you answered no, I strongly encourage you to find a place in your home where you can spend focused, uninterrupted time with God, reading your Bible, praying, and listening for the Lord to speak to you. Be intentional about making this a regular part of your daily faith practice and watch your relationship with God go to a whole new level.