“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5 (NIV)
You are my refuge. I know that I can take shelter in you. You guard and guide my life. You watch over me. You set the course of my life. You help me to run the race that has been set before me. Your hand is on me. Your favor rests on me. You are with me to help me. For all these things I give you all my thanks and praise. That is very good.
What makes you so certain of all these things? How do you know for sure that I am your refuge and that you can take shelter in me? Your word is true. Your word is flawless. I can completely trust every one of your promises. Your word is worthy of my placing all my faith and complete trust in you. Of this I am absolutely certain. But that is not all, there is more. Like what? My life experience has taught me that your word is trustworthy and true. I have never regretted coming to you for help. It has never been a mistake to take refuge in you. You have sheltered me in every storm. You have helped me through every difficultly. I have been able to hold on to you and your promises as you have held on to me. That is very good.
There is something else that I would like to say. What’s that? I don’t evaluate your word. Your word evaluates me. All my thoughts and opinions and values are nothing in comparison to your word. What do you mean by that? If any one of my thoughts and opinions or values are in conflict with your word, I know that it is time to change my thinking. Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts. Your ways are better than my ways. I welcome you to change any thought, opinion or value of mine that is not in agreement with your word. It is my prayer that you will bring my life into complete alignment with your word. That is a very good prayer. It is my desire to live a life that is fully pleasing to you. That is a very good desire.
What will you do with my word? I will listen attentively to your word. I will let your word dwell in me richly. I will meditate on your word. I will memorize your word. I will study your word. I will pray your word. I will put your word into practice. I will take a hold of your word, so it can take hold of me. That will be very good. Then you will truly be taking refuge in my word.
Lord, I know that your word is completely trustworthy and true. I will listen attentively to your word. I will obey your word. I will put your word into my daily practice. Thank you that your word has guarded and guided my life. I will take refuge in your word. Amen
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