The Lord is good,
This verse builds like a tower. The first, most important element is that the Lord is good. There is no evil in Him and He can be fully trusted. We can know that what He does is best and rest in His power and sovereignty. Second, because He is good, He can be our stronghold when trouble comes. He can be that place of refuge, our protection and shelter when we face hard times. A stronghold is a place to seek safety, like in a time of war. When the battles of this life wage, we can seek safety in God because He is good. Lastly, He knows those who do take refuge in Him. This knowing is intimate and personal, not just a number on a list. He knows us because we take refuge in Him. Another translation says He is close to those who take refuge in Him. He isn’t just a wall to protect us. He is that strong arm of a husband to rest in, a mother’s embrace to comfort, a father’s wisdom to guide. He knows us intimately, knows what we need and desire, and will take care of us because He is good. Trust in the Lord, take refuge in Him because He is good.
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