The Rebel’s Refuge from the Hurricane

09.10.17 | Articles | by Jeremiah Fyffe


    Friends, as we are scattered throughout the county and nation, seeking refuge from Hurricane Irma, I am thankful to hear from many of you that you are safe and prepared for the storm. I want you to know that we, the elders of CrossPointe Coast, love you and will gather the church to serve you in any way you need in the coming days. We will coordinate any needs and opportunities to serve through our Community Group leaders, so please contact your Community Groups if you need anything in the coming days.

    This morning I was reminded of our time in Psalm 2 earlier this summer.

    Psalm 2:10-12
    Now therefore, O kings, be wise; 
    be warned, O rulers of the earth. 
    Serve the LORD with fear, 
    and rejoice with trembling. 
    Kiss the Son, 
    lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, 
    for his wrath is quickly kindled. 
    Blessed are all who take refuge in him. 

    When we see hurricanes and tornadoes and earthquakes we are rightly reminded of the wrath of God. Certainly it would be prideful presumption to attach any particular storm to any particular sin, as though we ourselves have given counsel to the Lord, who alone is judge. But we ought to be reminded as we take refuge from the storm, that there is a greater storm bearing down upon our sin and even greater refuge to be found in Jesus Christ.

    Psalm 2 is a call to wisdom and a warning for rebels. I saw many photos on Facebook yesterday from friends in Orlando taking photos of blue skies. How can there possibly be any danger in these skies? Why not go on about life as normal? Is there really any reason to take refuge from a storm our senses have not yet perceived?

    Psalm 2 warns kings and rulers, who think they are sovereign over their own situation. They only see blue skies ahead. But the true King is coming. And his coming will bend all who try to stand against him.

    The Lord is sovereign and your rebellion never changed that. That is no less true today! Psalm 2 is a call to situate oneself again under the sovereign rule of the Lord and His King. His rule is never not true!
     It is a call to humble oneself before reality!

    Kiss the Son, 
    lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, 
    for his wrath is quickly kindled. 

    There is no refuge from the King. There is no escape from His sovereignty. He is like the wind of the hurricane. When his wind blows there is no place in his path that is not touched. So, is there any hope? Is there any refuge? Or will there simply be a path of destruction when the Lord appears?

    Blessed are all who take refuge in him. 

    Therefore, take refuge in the King. We have only to consider the dictates of His sovereign decrees. This is our only recourse and it is our great hope and joy to consider Jesus, the King, and what is the way of His kingdom. 

    Oh, what grace that the way of His kingdom is salvation for rebels!

    John Piper
    The only safe place from the wrath of God is in God. Everywhere outside of his care is dangerous. He is the only hiding place from his own wrath. If you see him as frightening and try to run away and hide, you will not find a place to hide. There is none. Outside of God’s care there is only wrath. But there is a refuge from the wrath of God, namely, God. The safest place from the wrath of God—the only safe place—is God. Come to God. Take refuge in God. Hide in the shadow of his wings. This is where we live and serve with joyful trembling. It is terrible and it is wonderful. It is like the eye of a hurricane—terror all around, and totally beautiful and calm. Here there is sweet fellowship. Here is quiet, loving communion. Here we speak to him as to a friend. Here he ministers to our deepest needs. I invite you to come.

    There is a better invitation than John Piper can give. King David, carried along by the Holy Spirit, declares, "Blessed are all who take refuge in Him."

    As we seek and find refuge in the midst of this storm, take the opportunity in the waiting hours to consider that we have a sure and steady refuge in Jesus Christ who has placed us with him in the very eye of the storm, where there is only peace.

    Psalm 36:7
    How precious is your steadfast love, O God! 
    The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 

    Below are four songs you might use with your household to worship today in the midst of the storm. Let us rehearse these precious truths that we might cling to them in the time of the tempest.

    Before the Throne of God Above

    Come Thou Fount

    You Alone Can Rescue

    Rock of Ages

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