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February 3, 2009

Refuge in Harsh Times

Filed under: Bruce — pilgrimskeyboard @ 6:59 pm

Psalm 118:8-9

It is better to put trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.


Times are tough. The harshness of the recession that this country is experiencing has affected nearly all areas of life. Gas is high, food is expensive, home foreclosure is up, and the dollar does not go as far as it used to. Thousands are being laid off from their jobs and many face cutback of work hours. With banks failing and wall-street crashing people are becoming frightened because they fear that we are going into another depression era like that of the 30’s.


Because of these mass problems people are now looking to the government for answers. Our political leaders tell us not to worry because their solutions will work. They say, “Just trust me!” This is despite the fact that many of these same leaders are part of the problem, which may help explain as to why nothing that the government tries to do seems to have any effect on the recession.


So what now? Where do we turn? This passage tells us to trust (Heb. – take refuge in, flee to for protection – i.e., a place to hide) in the Lord and not to put our confidence (Heb. – to be sure, having confidence, trusting in – i.e., seemingly to display an open cockiness) in man’s or princes’ abilities. Now considering the track record of man and his devices – I personally will hide in the refuge of the Lord and not depend on man’s abilities or leadership to get us thru these harsh times. May we fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.





  1. We need to remember this every day. It’s so easy to become worried with all the bad news coming at us constantly. Thanks for posting this well-written piece.

    Comment by Cindy — February 5, 2009 @ 10:49 am | Reply

  2. Let God’s will be done.

    Comment by Digital Publius — February 17, 2009 @ 10:58 am | Reply

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