In the 150 chapters of the book of Psalms, the word refuge is explicitly mentioned 43 times in 34 different chapters (New International Version). Defined as a place of shelter, protection, or safety, refuge as a concept, is used many more times in the Psalms. Refuge is a key theme throughout the entire Bible.
"My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him (Psalm 62:1, NIV, 1984).
The Psalmist David found a refuge in God for the human soul. According to the central theme of the Christian faith, this Refuge is ultimately expressed in God sending His Son Jesus to provide salvation for the human soul. "Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" (Hebrews 4:14,16).
I am initiating this blog to discuss themes regarding refuge of healing and hope. My first book called Escaping the Pain of Offense: Empowered to Forgive from the Heart, is forthcoming. I will soon be posting more about the book. My hope is that it helps the reader find rest and healing in the Refuge.