The Place of Refuge (Psalm 52:7) - Radical

The Place of Refuge (Psalm 52:7)

“See the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and sought refuge in his own destruction.”
-Psalm 52:7

What a verse, let me read it again, it’s a warning to you and me today from God and his word. “See the man,” open your eyes and look at the man or woman, “Who would not make God their refuge.” So instead of choosing refuge in God, this man or woman trusted in the abundance of their riches, trusted in what they could acquire, achieve, possess in this world. And they sought refuge, listen to the language, “In their own destruction.” In others words, those who trust in the riches of this world and the things this world offers are seeking refuge in that, which will destroy them.

God, teach us to trust in your steadfast love and not to trust in the things of this world.

This is so counter-cultural, isn’t it? This is so different than the way the world thinks. The way the world thinks, and the way we are prone to think is the more you have, think riches, think achievements, think position, power, the more you have in this world, the safer you are, the more secure you are, the better off you are. And the Bible is saying the complete opposite. The Bible is saying, “The more you have in this world, the more you are seeking refuge in your destruction.”

How do you avoid destruction? Where do you go for true refuge? Not in the riches, the achievements, the acclaim, the position and power of this world. No. See the man or woman who makes God his refuge. That is where life is found. In fact, verse 8 right after this says, “But,” so as a contrast to the man or woman who trusts in the abundance of riches and finds refuge in their destruction, “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.”

God, teach us to trust in your steadfast love and not to trust in the things of this world. God, I pray for this in my own life. I pray this for every single person listening right now, God that you would open our eyes to ways that we are trusting in the things that this world offers us. The things that we can attain or acquire in this world. The things that we are tempted every single day to boast in, in this world, God open our eyes to see that seeking those things for refuge leads to our destruction. So God loosen our hands on everything this world offers us even good things God, help us to hold loosely to everything, but you. And help us to hold tightly and love for you and trust in you alone.

And in this way God, we pray that you would help us to glorify you with the good things you give us in this world, but God, to hold loosely to them, to not trust in them as our identity, defining who we, as our security, as our sustenance. Lord, you are all these things. You are our identity. You are our security. You are our sustenance. We trust in you. Help us to be like green olive trees in your house, trusting in your steadfast love forever and ever. God, we pray that today you would be our refuge, and every single day and you would keep us at every single moment from seeking refuge in the stuff, in the things, in the pleasures, and possessions, and pursuits of this world. May our refuge be in you alone, our trust in you alone, in Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.

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