Written by Dick Mills
"The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms" (Deut. 33:27).
A refuge is a place of safety. In a game of refuge, the animals instinctively know they will not be trapped or shot at. Likewise, we Christians have a refuge, a place of safety and security from the traps and direct attacks of the enemy.
In speaking in this sense of security in the Lord, the psalmist David wrote: "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them" (Ps. 119:165). In modern versions, this word "offend" is usually translated, "snare, trap, capture." Thus, this is a Biblical terminology for Satan's attempts to capture believers and make them into prisoners of fear, poverty, sickness, anger, lust, insecurity, etc.
In the original Hebrew, the word translated "refuge" here is me'ownah (meh-o-naw'), meaning "a lair, den, asylum, retreat, or home." As believers, our place of safety, of retreat, of refuge from the assaults of the enemy, is the Lord God of hosts.
"Refuge" (me'ownah) is also the word used for the tabernacle or temple where God dwells. We Christians have our individual dwelling places, our me'ownah. God also has His tabernacle, or me'ownah - His dwelling place.
We not only have the security of our own homes, but we also have an added spiritual security in the place of worship. When we worship the Lord in spirit and in truth we find a beneficial refuge from doubt, disbelief, distrust, despair, dismay, and disturbance.
The Lord is our refuge: our lair, den, our retreat, our home, and our tabernacle!
Source: The Spirit-Filled Believer's Daily Devotional by Dick Mills
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers