19. Oh, how great is Your goodness which You have laid up for those who fear, revere and worship You, goodness which You have wrought for those who trust and take refuge in You before the sons of men!
20. In the secret of Your presence, You hide them from the plots of men; You keep them secretly in Your pavilion from the strife of tongues. Amp.
Pavilion -c) a hut or lair, booth or cottage, covert, tabernacle.
Refuge -d) shelter or protection from danger, difficulty, etc. safe retreat.
This is a great promise the Lord gives to those who trust and make Him their refuge. We can say He is our refuge, but where do we go when we need help? I believe most go the doctor, to medicine or to a family member or even to the government for help first before they ever talk to the Lord about their problem.
He must be our first choice and not a last resort, when things don’t work out with others. It is very important for us to learn to pray and wait for the answer from the Lord. We grow impatient and want the answer now. Waiting is part of the blessing. He is doing a work in our hearts that takes time to grow into something valuable.
Revelation 3:10 Because you have guarded and kept My Word of patient endurance — have held fast the lesson of My patience with the expectant endurance that I give you — I also will keep you safe from the hour of trial (testing) which is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell upon the earth. Amp.
This scripture is saying we must endure the trials that He gives us to be safe in the last days. It basically is saying that if He is not your refuge you will be like the world and unprotected.
There are two different words for “dwell” in the book of Revelations. One is for those who are safe and dwell under His protection. One is for those who reside on the earth. Here is a list of them:
WHERE DO YOU DWELL?
Dwell -c) “Skenoo” – to tent or encamp, to occupy (as a mansion) to reside (as God did in the Tabernacle of old, a symbol of protection and communion; a hut or temporary residence as the human body (the abode of the Spirit). This is also the definition of Tabernacles (NT).
- Revelation 7:15
- Revelation 12:12
- Revelation 13:6
- Revelation 21:3
Dwell -c) “Katoikeo” – to house permanently, to reside.
- Revelation 3:10
- Revelation 6:10
- Revelation 11:10
- Revelation 13:8, 12, 14, 14
- Revelation 14:6
- Revelation 17:8
Those who dwell on the earth are “katoikeo.” They have no protection of the Holy Spirit. These are the inhabitants of the earth and they pay homage to the beast. In chapter 13 it says, those who will not bow down to the beast will be put to death. I believe this means they are crucified with Christ, nevertheless they live. They are protected by His presence.
The real danger is in whoever pays homage to the beast will be judged eternally worse than any. Rev.14:9-11. And just what is the beast? We all have a fleshly, beastly nature that needs to die. Satan gives his power over to the beast and things are worse than they have ever been before. But they are also better than they have ever been before. It depends upon where you dwell!
Revelation 7:13 …Who are these people clothed in the long white robes? And where have they come? 14…These are they who have come out of the great tribulation (persecution) and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15. For this reason they are now before the very throne of God and serve Him day and night in His temple sanctuary; and He who is sitting upon the throne will protect and spread His tabernacle over and shelter them with His presence.