The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: For thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Who has not had times of oppression? The LORD is a refuge for His children who are oppressed. Have we trusted Him for that refuge in times of trouble? He is willing and able to protect us in distressing times.
The name of the LORD is a reference to His character. The name of the LORD represents who He is. The LORD’S name is Yahweh, or sometimes rendered Jehovah. This is the memorial name of God revealed to Moses:
And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
The LORD is the I AM. He is self-existent and all-powerful. He is the covenant-making and the covenant-keeping God. Those who know this One’s character trust in Him.
The Psalmist may have had Exodus 34:6-8 in mind:
And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.
The LORD is a God who is merciful and gracious. He does not give us what we deserve and gives all we do not deserve through trust in Jesus Christ. He is a God who is patient, slow to be angry, and true. When He makes promises, He is faithful to keep them. All who seek Him are welcomed and not forsaken.
This is the God who gave up His own Son for us (Romans 8:32). This is the God who humbled Himself and came to die for us (Philippians 2:5-11). Certainly, the One who loves us this much will gladly be our refuge from sin and its penalty. He will most definitely be our refuge at all times (Psalm 46).
Truly, He is a dependable refuge. He will never turn us away if we come to Him.
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