But what joy for all who take refuge in him!Psalm 2:12b, New Living Translation
Psalm 2 has got a lot in it. Questions over why the world is in the state it is. Interestingly the world doesn’t seem to have changed that much since this Psalm was written. Questions like, ‘why do they waste their time on futile plans?’ (vs 1) doesn’t feel all that different to what we might ask now.
The final part of the psalm is the king proclaiming the Lord’s decree. interestingly the king in this scenario has clearly submitted to God’s rule over him. The final verse, the one I’ve highlighted is a direct point to Jesus, God’s royal son. And a great promise that there will be joy for those who take refuge in him.
I don’t know about you but I can think of a few times that I’ve had to physically take refuge. Never in a particularly dramatic way. One occasion that comes to mind is about 7 or 8 years ago. A friend and I went hiking on Dartmoor in Devon. It was late February, there was some frost on the ground and as we were hiking a bitter wind picked up, plunging us into sub zero temperatures. We were on top of a tor at the time the wind started having stopped to have some lunch and within less than a minute we were both beginning to feel the cold suddenly come on. We quickly packed up searched around the top of the hill and tor to find some shelter but nothing there. A quick descent to some woodland found is some shelter where we could get our stove lit and some hot drinks on the go. Like I said nothing really dramatic, but it could have been a very different story if we hadn’t been prepared. And I can definitely tell you we were joyful when that hot cup of tea came our way!
Taking refuge in Jesus is like this. It’s not always going to be a dramatic story (although it might be). But he will give us refuge and joy when we come to him whether we’re in difficulty or not. It might be a stressful job, a difficult relationship, illness or anything. Take it to Jesus and find refuge!
Thank you God that we can take refuge in you. Thank you that you bring us joy. Let us bring our troubles to you and help us to leave behind the futile plans of this world and receive your joy. Amen.