Finding Refuge in God During the Storms of Life

It’s an honor to share the words of Dani from Living Free Indeed with you today. For awhile now, I’ve been pondering the importance of understanding God’s character as told in Scripture. Then, I received an email from Dani. Her writing is laced with truth and Scripture. She speaks beautifully of God’s immutable character. Her words are like a refreshing glass of water. Drink them in, my friends. Thanks for sharing your heart with us, Dani!


Wondering how to find refuge in God alone? Here is a beautiful journey through God's attributes as told in the psalms. He is trustworthy! Learn more about His character here.

What do you do when a storm comes?

When eerie whistling wind, shocking crashes of thunder, and heavy raindrops all collide above, we run to the reprieve of our homes—escaping the intensity for warmth, security, and protection.

There’s an inner relief and gratitude that covers us, as we sip hot cocoa under a blanket, safely watching the wild world outside.

Aside from food and water, one of the necessities of life is shelter. We must have a roof overhead and walls to guard us from unpredictable weather and danger.

So if physical shelter is important, we have to consider: what is the refuge for our hearts? Where should we turn when our struggles consume us?

The book of Psalms speaks frequently and beautifully of this encouraging truth – that God Himself is our shelter in the storms of life.

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. Psalm 16:1

David and many other psalmists loved declaring God as their source of strength and salvation, the One who carried them through both inner and outer distress.

Yet taking refuge in an invisible God is not always so easy. How do we follow their strong example of faith? We can’t simply escape our fears by running into a building, or open an umbrella to deflect showers of pain.

In David’s Psalm 16, we have an inside look at how we take cover under God.

The Ancient Hebrew word he writes for “refuge,” chacah, means “to put trust in, to confide or hope in God.”

To break this down even further, we understand that David can trust and hope in God because he understands who He is. Just look at the next verse:

“I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” Psalm 16:2

Like David, we have to grasp the full breadth of the reality that God is Lord. He is Lord of the universe, of everything we see and do not see. He is over all things, and all blessing comes from His mighty hand (Colossians 1:16).

Just as we have no power over the start of a downpour or the movement of a hurricane, but instead must find shelter, we have to depend on God’s authority when our circumstances overwhelm us.

Joy and perseverance in our everyday pains and most devastating blows cannot arise out of our already broken and weak hearts. It must come from something greater than us, from something invincible and holy—from our Lord.

Wondering how to find refuge in God alone? Here is a beautiful journey through God's attributes as told in the psalms. He is trustworthy! Learn more about His character here.

There is tremendous comfort in worship. With our eyes on Him, on His glory and goodness, our hearts can sing when our arms are weary. Our minds can rest when our surroundings are bleak. Our soul can be satisfied when our pain is real.

To take refuge in Him is to remember the miracles He’s done, to treasure the steadfastness of who He is, and to hope for the heaven ahead. It’s pouring out our deepest longings and hurts in prayer, and ending them with affirmations that He is Lord and He is good.

David does this very thing, by recalling God’s beautiful attributes. After calling God his refuge, he goes on to praise Him. He delights in the Lord, finding confidence in knowing His Sovereign King never fails in His promises.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. Psalm 16:6

He appreciates God for His wisdom, which directs Him through the murky waters of life.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. Psalm 16:7

He treasures that God is unchanging and omnipresent, always nearby for deliverance.

I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. Psalm 16:9

David also recalls that God is so, so faithful. No matter what David does or what he faces, the Lord will preserve his servant’s faith until heaven.

For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. Psalm 16:10

Finally, David recognizes that God is truth and the way of peace.

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

Sister, soak in those final lines. With Him there is fullness of joy. 

If you are in a place of hopelessness or fear, not knowing where to go, go to the Lord and behold who He is. There the cares of the world fade away, and our eternal purpose of worship comes into focus, renewing our trust and hope!

For those who are in Christ, God is always there in our most desperate moments, an ever-present shelter.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

I personally invite you to do this very thing, to take refuge in who God is, through the newly released prayer journal Adoring His Attributes. It’s a 30 day devotional that walks you through 30 of God’s praise-worthy qualities, with daily prayer prompts to worship Him along the way.


Dani is an Ivy-Leaguer turned homemaker immensely humbled and inspired by God’s grace. As a young wife and mommy, she’s eager to share how freedom and truth beautifully come together in Jesus in the everyday and extraordinary. Her blog Free Indeed – www.livingfreeindeed.com – aims to give women hope from God’s Word that refreshes their hearts to serve Christ faithfully.

13 thoughts on “Finding Refuge in God During the Storms of Life

  1. In His presence is the fullness of Joy!!!!! Amen and amen. No other presence can fill us with such joy during the most tumultuous times in our Christian life.

    Dani, what a powerful post.
    Thank you Alison for hosting

    Blessing to the both of you

    Diana
    http://dianasdiaries.com

  2. “If you are in a place of hopelessness not knowing where to go, go to the Lord and behold who He is. There the cares of the world fade away, and our eternal purpose of worship comes into focus, renewing our trust and hope!”
    How I wish your above sentence was true Even tho I am a christian the cares and the hopelessness of life does not simply fade away even in worship i can’t even trust God let alone find him in the midst of so much wrong I wish I could I wish it was as simple as you say

    1. I understand, friend. Sometimes our pain is so real it is hard to go to God, to trust Him. We want to do the opposite of drawing near, because we wonder why the storm is happening in the first place. Job and David in the Bible deeply struggled with God in their adversity, but in the end they returned to Him knowing He was the source of true life. In tough times, we have to reflect on a few truths about our God, and run to Him as a result. First, He tenderly cares for us and wants to take our burdens (1 Peter 5:6-7). Remember, He showed the greatest love of all in offering us total forgiveness for our sins, even when we pained Him in our dark sin. He offered up His most precious Son on our behalf, that we might be with Him forever! That grace preserves us in our earthly troubles, because we know the joy set before us, of being with our Creator in peace. Also, friend, we know that God is in control and works all things for our good, that we may be more like Christ. Our trials deepen our faith and give Him glory (Romans 8:28-29, James 1:2-4). Finally, He unites us as a church so we can build each other up and point each other to His infinite worthiness as Lord in the highs and lows of life. I’m praying for you, sister, that you can find comfort in His Word and in fellowship, whatever you’re facing. God will draw near to you and you draw near to Him. You are on my heart and I pray that day by day worship of Him (even when not feeling like it) will heal you and help you in this difficulty.

      In His Love,
      Dani

  3. Psalms 16 is one of my favorite passages! It speak so much wisdom & guidance on what to do when storms come our way! Thank you for sharing your heart & insights, because I truly needed this today!

    1. I LOVE Dani’s insight into the depths of this Psalm! There is so much hope & promise in God’s words to us through this psalm. 🙂 Thanks for commenting, Lianna!

  4. Thank you, Dani, for sharing this! I read your email that was sent out this morning in regards to, “Where will we be in 10,000 years”. To think that we will be worshipping God is so comforting. And to think that we can experience that now even on this earth as we delight in his presence and keep our hearts and minds set on Him no matter what we face day to day. May we keep praising His name always! Amen!

    1. It is so comforting! Just when life begins to crash onto us, God’s Word reminds us that we will be secure with Him forever, at rest and doing what we were designed to do – worship. And amen, Lorin!

  5. I absolutely love this. There is so much truth in everything you wrote. Jesus is our rock – our sturdy, unchangeable rock that provides comfort and love when we find our hearts broken. Thank you for this reminder!

    Sydney Meek | meeklyloving.wordpress.com

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