Jim Lee / June 25, 2020

Where Can We Take Refuge?

A message from our Patriot Post chaplain on the trials every American faces.

In Psalm 11, David demonstrates some time-tested truths that can help us in our present challenges.

This Psalm was written after David had been advised to flee a difficult situation. In this dark time of history, the king had ordered 85 priests and a whole town of men, women, children, and animals be exterminated because they helped David (1 Samuel 22).

Evil has always existed in this world, and is certainly present in our time. We are often tempted to run — flee to a mountain of discouragement, fear, or anxiety. But David’s advice was this: “Don’t run.” We can turn to God’s Word (the Bible) for refuge during difficult and challenging times. (“In the LORD I take refuge.” —Psalm 91:2) “I will say of the LORD he is my refuge and my fortress. My God in whom I trust.”

The Biblical foundations of America are under attack. There are those who would openly attack us (or our loved ones) because of our Biblical worldview. There are also hidden enemies who attack from obscurity. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the power of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).

Founder John Adams wrote: “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

His cousin Samuel Adams added, “Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.”

What do we do when God’s timeless word is undermined? When there is no respect for our Creator? When family values are crumbling and evil is glorified? What do the righteous do? We look up to Heaven. The LORD is in His Holy Temple. We often hear people say, “Follow the science.” Thank God for scientists, but their information can change. We can rest assured that God never changes (see Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8, and James 1:17). His address has not changed!

The LORD is on His Heavenly Throne. From Heaven He observes, “The eyes of the LORD are everywhere keeping watch on the wicked and the good” (Proverbs 15:3). From His Heavenly Throne He examines, “The eyes of the LORD roam through out the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9). When our hearts are committed, our Heavenly Father watches over us, examines us, and provides us strength for our journey.

To face the battle of darkness, focus on Jesus — “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2). There is a bright future for God’s people. Also, we can “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer is not something you do. It is someone you are with. Pray wherever you are because there is power in prayer. James 5:16 states, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

The big question is: What can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3.) First, we keep on doing what’s right. Second, we don’t run from difficult situations. Third, we remember that God is in His holy temple. God is the moral standard and without Him and His guidance we are hopeless. “The LORD is righteous. He loves justice. The upright man will see his face” (Psalm 11:7).

(Jim Lee is one of two Patriot Post chaplains, both committed to our mission and offering faithful support to our editors and staff.)

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

The Patriot Post and Patriot Foundation Trust, in keeping with our Military Mission of Service, are proud sponsors of the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, Folds of Honor, Honoring the Sacrifice, Warrior Freedom Service Dogs, Officer Christian Fellowship, the Air University Foundation, the Naval War College Foundation, and the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2023 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.