God Is Our Refuge

Lee DeYoung

READ : Psalm 46:1-11

Some of Scripture’s most uplifting expressions of faith were penned by saints facing perilous situations. The writer of Psalm 46 is confident despite threatening circumstances: “Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” (v. 3). The source of the psalmist’s assurance? “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (v. 1).

Begin praying today for the Turkic peoples of China and central Asia: the Uygur and Kazak (of Kazakstan and northwest China), the Kyrgyz (of Kyrgyzstan), and the Mongolian peoples (Mongolia and China). The first three peoples practice Islam, while most Mongolians are Tibetan-Buddhist. Each contends with profound adversity and hardship.

I visited a remote village in a desolate area of Inner Mongolia. Hearty inhabitants still revere the photos and artifacts of a former mission school there which was destroyed by Maoist revolutionaries in 1947. Fifty years later, its legacy is still their source of civic identity and pride. The Christian faith planted by long-departed missionaries remains firmly rooted in the lives of those humble villagers. Despite being cut off from all outside Christian contact (except for gospel broadcasts), God has remained their refuge and strength. “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations” (v. 10).

PRAYER

Enlarge Your church among central Asia’s Turkic peoples, for Jesus’ sake.