In 1 Kings we read that King David is coming to the end of his life. God has already chosen his son Solomon to replace him.
“And the king swore, saying ‘As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my soul out of every adversity, as I swore to you by the Lord, the God of Israel, saying, ‘Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place, even so I will do this day. Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the ground and paid homage to the king and said ‘may my lord King David live forever,” (1 Kings 1:29-31 ESV)
David assembled all of the Jerusalem officials together and gives a charge to Solomon.
“Then David said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.” (1 Chronicles 28:20 ESV)
The Psalmist, perhaps David or Moses, reflects similar sentiments. It’s a good passage to remember when going through trials in this life. God is on our side.
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust…..Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place- the Most High, who is my refuge- no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” (Psalms 91:1-2, 9-10 ESV)
But as Paul reminds us, any boasting that we do in this life for things we have done or trials we have made it through, the praise belong to God alone.
“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” (Psalms 91:17-18 ESV)
Lord, help us remember that only in You can we find our refuge in times of trouble.