The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines “refuge” as “a place or state of safety from danger or trouble”. By talking about a ready “refuge”, the Psalmist shows that the possibility of mankind getting into danger or trouble is obvious. However, his emphasis is not on the presence of the danger or trouble. He draws the attention of the reader to the existence of the refuge, who is the Lord Himself. “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble” (verse 1 – NLT).
To think about (or discuss): What can we do now so that those who are suffering can see the works of the Lord?