God is our abode, our home!
“The eternal God is your refuge.” Deuteronomy 33:27
The word “refuge” may be translated “abiding place”–which gives the thought that God is our abode, our home.
There is a fullness and sweetness in the metaphor, for our home is dear to our hearts–although it may be the humblest cottage or the scantiest garret. But dearer far is our blessed God, who is our eternal refuge.
It is at home that we are safe–here we shut the world out and dwell in quiet security. Just so, God is our shelter and retreat–our abiding refuge.
It is at home that we take our rest–it is there that we find repose after the fatigue and toil of the day. In the same way, our hearts find rest in God when, wearied with life’s conflict, we turn to Him, and our soul dwells at ease.
At home, also, we let our hearts loose–we are not afraid of being misunderstood nor of our words being misconstrued. Just so, when we are with God–we can commune freely with Him, laying open all our hidden desires.
Home, too, is the place of our truest and purest happiness. In the same way, it is in God that our hearts find their deepest delight.
“God is our refuge and strength–a very present help in times of trouble!” Psalm 46:1
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