Refuge means a high place. This is a crag or a safe place on a cliff or the wall on the side of a mountain way up high. A place that is inaccessible to anyone or anything, from any direction. This is an absolute place of safety and security, Psa 18:2; 46:7,11; 48:3; 59:9,17; 94:22.
God is a rock, a tower, a refuge, and place of safety, a fortress.
He is this for the oppressed. Anyone who resides in this world is oppressed by evil, by sin, by death.
However, only those who look to Him, come under His protection. Only those who look to Him in accordance with his terms of the proper function of the spiritual life. Namely, having believed (saved), residence in fellowship, positive teachable attitude toward doctrine, advancement by means of study, and so forth.
Oppressed applies to everyone who is small. We are all small. It applies to those who are crushed. We are all crushed by the environment of sin and evil in this world. It applies to those who are the downtrodden, to the victims of tyranny and injustice. We are all targets of Satan’s cosmos policies.
He is a refuge for those who are in times of trouble. The word is in the feminine, ‘tsarah.’ It is typically the females that suffer the most in life and in history due to anguish, suffering, bias, prejudice, adversity, all due to a male dominated world. History is full of examples of female suffering from a long list of adversities in life due to their gender, their physical weakness, due to their relative and helpless role in life.
To every person, the world offers nothing but impossible barriers over which none of us can get over or around.
To every person, the world offers a status of helpless oppression.
However, there is one refuge, one helper, one to whom we can turn to find safety, peace, hope, and a future. That one person is the second person of the Trinity, the only God who has a personal name, Jesus Christ, to which we can look through doctrine.
But we approach Him through doctrine alone, and never through the energy of our own efforts, never through the energy of our own design.
To those who comply, God is an impregnable fortress, in which the world has no power, nor access.
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