An Exceedingly Near God

God is our refuge, He is the one to whom we flee when trouble of any degree arises. He is the one who is always ready and available for us, and He desires us to take advantage of this. The LORD, YHWH, our Father, is, as David says, “[our] protection/defence/refuge, an exceedingly present help in trouble.” And because Jesus was “made like unto His brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest,” He can “rescue them that are tempted” [Heb 2:17-18] and also provide us with “grace to help in the opportune time.” Jesus’ hem, as it were, “fill[s] the temple” and we have intimate and full access to lay hold upon Him for aid, for rescue, just like the woman with an issue of blood, “said within herself, If I may but touch his hem, I shall be whole.” [Mt 9:21] Asaph says it well:

"For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have set my refuge in The Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works." [Psa 73:27-28]

Jesus, who “careth for you,” is concerned with the burdens of our heart and life. He is also exceedingly near to help us with these as well. Let us take the command of David seriously, who says, inspired by The Holy Spirit,

"In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah." [Psa 62:7-8]

We should always pour our hearts out before Him. As David said, “In my distress I cried unto The LORD, and He heard me.” [Psa 120:1] It is a wise thing to make God our refuge, to genuinely be able to say, “my refuge, is in God;” for God promises,

"Because thou hast made The LORD, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling." [Psa 91:9-10] 

Our wonderful Savior offers us strength and protection and rest in Himself. Isaiah says of God, “For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.” And again, “The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.” [Psa 28:8]


God is a worthy God to place all of our trust in. Let us fully come into Him for refuge, to pour our hearts out to our God in humility, seeking refuge under His skirt, His hem. Jesus is exceedingly near in every distress. No matter the degree, He is near. So let us call out to Him! For He alone is our “refuge and my portion in the land of the living.”

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