This month, I’ve been participating in July’s Scripture writing plan from Sweet Blessings: God is Our Refuge. Focusing for over a week now on the promise of refuge and salvation has led to many thoughts and prayers, and I’m looking forward to the remaining 23 days.
The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, he know those who take refuge in him.
Nahum 1:7 (part of day 7)
When do I need refuge? When I am afraid. When someone, or some situation, or some sin, or some other worry is pressing on me. In that moment, what I want most to know how everything will be resolved. I want to know, “what will happen?”
As with many others, however, what I want most to know is not what I need most to know. The way of quieting my heart and mind is not in knowing the end from the beginning. No, Nahum says in 4 words (in English, two in Hebrew) what I most need to know: The LORD is good.
The LORD — יְהֹוָה Yĕhovah
Not “one”, not “a”. There are no others in His rank. No other lesser gods to somehow grab power. No equal forces of good and evil to balance out, no equal dichotomy of right and wrong. He alone is unrivaled in the universe.
The eternal, self-existing One. He does not need our help. All things happen according to His will — even the things that most trouble us. He is the authority, because He existed before all things and He is the Creator and Master of all creation.
is good — טוֹבtowb
He is right. Excellent. Rich and Valuable in estimation. Because He is good, He does what is good. Since He is good in His very being, He is trustworthy.
That’s what a child knows when they run to a parent for help when they are afraid: My parents are bigger, and they are good to me.
Because the LORD is unrivaled in His power and good in His very nature, He is “a stronghold in the day of trouble.”
And as an added balm to a worried heart, “he knows those who take refuge in him.” He knows every hair on their head. He hems them in behind and before. He sees their goings out and staying in. He has written down everyday of their lives. He calls them by name.
So take courage.
He is God.
He is good.
He knows you.
The LORD is good,
a stronghold in the day of trouble,
he know those who take refuge in him.