Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Hebrews 13:5 says, “…For He Himself has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
These two verses point out eternals truths that every believer can stand in. It is also true that God’s eyes are on the just and the unjust. No one escapes His watching presence. Yet He only dwells in the heart of one who has put their faith and trust in Him.
Two days ago I was talking with a friend on the phone. The Holy Spirit put three words in my mouth, and we both gasped. They took us by surprise because we had never heard them before.
Spiritual fetal position. Do they ring an emotional bell with you as well? I have a dear friend who had a severe brain injury in December 2013. For six weeks he laid in a fetal position on his bed. His brain was so traumatized, his body curled up for comfort.
Have you ever wanted to curl up in a fetal position and shut out the world around you? A spiritual fetal position is an apt description of one who is overwhelmed with life. It also describes one who is bound in buried emotional pain.
The Lord is Ever Present. He is right there with you. Your spirit will hear His words, ‘I am here’ though your flesh will not. Everything is on a spiritual plain. Depression is a spiritual matter. Proverbs 12:25 says, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.”
David wrote Psalm 61. The words are expressed from the cry of his heart. Verse 1-2 says, “Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
These two verses are anchor verses for me. They hold me steady when my emotions are in a roller coaster mode. Here is another. Psalm 62:8 says, “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.”
Consider Psalm 46:1 and Psalm 62:8 as bookends. We are always sandwiched, held together, and protected by our Refuge God. Never are we out of His Presence. There is so much more to say. I encourage you to meditate on these verses and allow them to be rebar that fortifies and strengthens you. Tuck them away for the next time you want to shut everyone and everything out. He is your Sheltering Refuge.