I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence. for thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right. Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever. O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them. But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment. And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness. The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
Verse 9 of this Psalm can be a great encouragement: “The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.” If you have ever felt oppressed, the Lord is your refuge. If you have ever had a time of trouble, the Lord is your refuge. No matter what your problem, the Lord is your refuge.
When we are oppressed and when we are in trouble (whether it is trouble of our own doing or trouble that came upon us through no fault of our own), we need a refuge. We need a safe place to run and a safe place to hide. The Lord is that safe place. The Lord is our refuge. The Bible tells us that many times. Do we believe it? Do we make full use of that comforting thought? We should – He is our refuge!