Seeker: “Because you have made the LORD your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.”

Preacher: What, I wonder, does the psalmist mean by a “refuge”? Is it a physical place or a structure? Many have supposed that it is a place or location in their live where they cannot be harmed. But that is not true. If the Lord is our refuge, refuge is not a place we are physically or geographically at. Nor is it a place where tangible items or valuables can be placed. It is a mindset actually. It is a condition that guards our well-being, our intellect, and emotions. It is a place to store what makes us “us”. Do not think that because the psalmist says that one’s tent will be save that it is a place where one dwell or can hide.

Seeker: “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”
If, as you say Preacher, the psalmist is not taking about a place that is safe and secure – then how were they, and how are we, kept guarded?

Preacher: What makes you who you are, Seeker? What is it that differentiates you from anyone else? Our emotions, thoughts, feelings, perspectives, and agendas make us who we are. If those traits and aspects, what might be called our psyche, are guarded and preserved against anything that comes, then we have a refuge. But this ONLY happens if those things, our psyche, our person-hood is secured with the Divine. That is our refuge.

Seeker: “On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.”
Satan, when the evil one was testing/tempting Jesus, used this phrase. But Jesus denied it because He knew He was already safe in the Divine. Or more appropriately, was the Divine.

Preacher: “You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.”
The psalmist is using dangers that are familiar, and maybe common during that time, to illustrate the type of safety that can be felt. Or, maybe to the psalmist it was the physically safety of his audience/readers he was talking about. We know that we are not safe from wild beast apart from what there wild nature will do.

Seeker: “Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them. With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.” (Psalm 91:9-16)

Preacher: In our human lives we look for tangibles that we can measure our safety with. All the way from strong locked doors to military weapons that have the power to destroy physical bodies many times over. But if we have to depend on such things to keep our courage up to live out our lives, how safe are we really? Safety and security first starts within, and with the reassurance that we are never alone. That our Refuge will secure the very essence of our psyche and soul. And there is only One Being, one Unchangeable Concept that will do that.

Seeker: Shalom & Selah!