Day 12

Refuge & Fortress

from the Names of God reading plan

Deuteronomy 33:26-29, 2 Samuel 22:1-3, Psalm 18:1-3, Psalm 71:1-8, Isaiah 25:1-5

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Refuge & Fortress

Machseh, Metsudah (Hebrew)

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 33:26-29, 2 Samuel 22:1-3, Psalm 18:1-3, Psalm 71:1-8, Isaiah 25:1-5


When God’s people claim He is their refuge or fortress, they are saying He is a safe place in times of trouble. He will take care of them and protect them. King David uses “refuge” frequently to refer to God—a telling admission from the powerful, mighty king of all Israel who led victorious armies into battle. This name of God uses the image of finding safety and rest in a city or fortress to communicate the security God’s people have in Him.


God’s protection from external threats


What do these names teach me about God?


Post Comments (64)

64 thoughts on "Refuge & Fortress"

  1. Rene' Bancroft says:

    There is no power on this earth or in the spiritual realms, that has the ability to overpower God! He has all strength & authority to keep watch over me and keep my enemies defeated!!

  2. Danielle NicoleWilkins says:

    God is the source of my forever safety, knowing that I can always run to Him when I meet disappointment, or discouragement. And in fact he was already standing there waiting for me. The solid rock on which I stand is my forever refuge and safety. It reminds me to never doubt this!

  3. Allison Miller says:

    TRUST. Why do I doubt him? The enemy wants me to be up in arms about life’s downs, but God has it and is working it to completion.

  4. Renique Rodriguez says:

    This says to me that God is the refuge to which I run. I always tend to run to a person like my mom or my fiancé, but these are people and I can’t make them my rock. The only solid rock is Jesus, and he is the one I need to run to.

  5. Felidian says:

    Proverbs 18:10

  6. Julie Hager says:

    God, my refuge and hiding place. My protector I can always run into His shelter and be safe from the battles of life and my enemies.

  7. Susan Pino says:

    Lord, You are my God;
    I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name;
    For You have worked wonders,
    Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.

    Need to pray this over and over, I am having a rough early first trimester. His plans for me were formed long ago, so I don’t need be afraid.

  8. Megan Messenger says:

    I am reminded that He is the great commander of his army- his people- me. He will bring them into battle the best way he sees and will lead his people to victory. We can follow knowing that he is trustworthy and fierce, and that ultimately the battle has already been won. He leads us in hat victory to our refuge, our safe place, our fortress- Jesus.

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