Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. – Psalm 32:8
What thoughts come to your mind when you hear the word “warrior”? Perhaps you think of “strength,” “vitality,” “power,” “winner.”
Do you think of someone who takes refuge? I’d guess not!
In verse 8, the Hebrew word translated “man” isn’t the normal word for “man.” Instead, it’s the word which emphasizes a man’s strength and power, and it’s often translated “warrior.” So we might translate, “blessed is the warrior who takes refuge in him.”
A warrior has to take refuge? Why?
Because no matter how strong we might be, no matter how powerful, how seemingly self-reliant we are, there are certain things that we cannot do. We cannot cleanse our consciences from guilt, we cannot earn forgiveness, we cannot earn a home in heaven. We cannot prevent the passage of time and the ravages of age.
No matter how strong we might think we are, we need God! We need a Savior from sin, to cleanse our consciences. We need Jesus to win forgiveness and eternal life for us. We need a faithful God to walk with us through each and every time of our lives, and to welcome us into the eternal home in heaven which only he can prepare for us. You and I need a God who is good!
“Taste and see!” Your God IS good! He HAS won forgiveness for you. He HAS won eternal life for you. He IS your refuge!
And he will be your refuge forever!
Prayer: Lord God, be my refuge and strength. Amen.