Prayer Thought: Jehovah Machsi
“My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my Savior— from violent people You save me (2 Sam. 22:3).”
With so many uncertainties, so many losses, so many dangers, so many effected people from the war in Ukraine, many of whom we love and call brothers and sisters in Christ, there needs to be a stabilizing force for all of it. We have people in shelters, displaced from their homes due to Russian attacks. We have those who are in desperate need of food, water, safety, transportation, the rest of their family being saved in different cities. These Ukrainians need to know what real hope is, what real sovereign control from a loving God looks like. We need these people to come face-to-face with Jesus Christ Himself. The power of the gospel is what can change and mend hearts.
We have, no doubt, heard of the many names of God in Greek, Latin, and Aramaic. For example, Jehovah Jireh means God is my Provider…which is true. But what does Jehovah Machsi mean? Jehovah Machsi means God my Refuge. I’ve been thinking a lot about God being our refuge, God being the Ukrainian’s refuge. So, the rest of this prayer thought is all Scripture focused on God being our refuge.
“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed (Ps. 57:1).”
“The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble (Ps. 9:9).”
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble…He makes wars cease throughout the earth (Ps. 46: 1,9)
“I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust (Ps. 91:2).”
“Lord, You have been our refuge in every generation (Ps. 90:1).”
Protect me, God, for I take refuge in You (Ps. 16:1)”
“The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord, their refuge in a time of distress (Ps. 37:39).”
“But the Lord is my refuge; my God is the rock of my protection (Ps. 94:22).”
Each day this week, pray one of these passages of Scripture for yourself, your family, and for/over Ukraine (you can have more than one if you’d like ). Maybe even take some time to use your Bible concordance and look up more verses that you can pray through, boldly praising and thanking the Lord for being your Refuge
Clayton J. Elliott, Kontaktmission USA
Director of Pastoral Ministries and Prayer