Take Refuge In The Lord

Psalm 118:8-9

It is better to take refuge in the Lord

than to trust in man.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord

than to trust in princes.

You have heard some variations of the quote, “In God we trust, all others we verify”, or “all others we monitor”, or “all others bring data”.  This is what David is saying in these two verses but in a more eloquent and poetic manner.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.

The obvious reference to this verse would be the shifty eyed stranger trying to deceive you in some dark ally.  Or maybe the ordinary looking con man who is trying to make you his next quick score.  But David is aware that all humans are flawed.  Even those with the best of intentions can let you down.  Everyone has their own agenda and what it comes down to is everyone is looking out for themselves.  I’m not saying that is evil, it’s just the survival instinct we all possess.

To rely on others for your growth, your well being or your existence is folly.

Isn’t this what we are trying to teach our children?  Shouldn’t this be what we are trying to teach our children?  Rely on yourself, be independent.  We won’t be around forever, so not teaching self reliance to your children is doing them and yourself a huge disservice.

When you rely on someone else you are at their mercy.  Your plans, your life choices, who you are, what you are and what you do is dictated by your personal crutch.  You lose who you are and who you want to be.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.

Here again David is speaking of self reliance.  Reliance on princes or politicians is folly.  Let’s throw in a proverb from David’s son, King Solomon.

Proverbs 22:7

The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave to the lender.

Princes and politicians expect something for allowing you to rely on them.  There is a huge price to pay for the bill of goods they pass off to you as “free”.  Any assistance granted by princes and politicians has a price you are expected to pay.  You are expected to think and behave in a manner acceptable to those granting you your refuge.  You are beholding to their wants and desires.  They are not giving you refuge they are lending it to you.  You are the borrower.

Eschew all reliance on government.  Do not give them your trust for the cost is your life.

So what is taking “refuge in the Lord”?


  • Shelter or protection from danger or distress.
  • A place that provides shelter or protection.
  • Something to which one has resource in difficulty

The third definition best fits what David is saying.

God is a part of us.  Having God in our hearts is having God in us.  What is that something to which one has recourse in difficulty?  That something is you.  Take refuge in yourself, with God in your heart and you will do the right thing in difficult times.

I’m not saying you can do everything all by yourself.  But with God and righteousness in your heart you will know what is right and who can truly help.  Don’t be bought with easy money and easy gratification.

Trust in yourself to take care of yourself.  Be your refuge with God in your heart.  Do not rely on the empty promises of princes that come with a price of servitude.

Take refuge in the Lord, trust in yourself.

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