Here is a free youth group lesson on how God is our refuge and strength, based on Psalm 46:1 and Psalm 18:1-2.

This one is in outline form, not word for word.


Nick Diliberto, Ministry to Youth

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(This lesson is in outline form, not word for word like most of our other lessons.)

Today we’re talking about how God is our refuge and strength. First, let’s start off talking about what the word “refuge” means.

(If you have the ability to show a picture of a wildlife refuge, refugee or refugee camp as you talk about each one, we encourage you to do so.)

Ask: What is a wildlife refuge?

  • A place that is protected, preserved, saved or set apart.
  • You can’t hunt animals, fish, build houses/businesses, etc.

Ask: What is a refugee? 

  • A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.

Ask: What’s a refugee camp?

  • Offer a safe place for refugees and meet their most basic needs such as food, water, shelter, medical treatment and other basic services during emergencies.

With all that in mind, let’s dive into the Bible.

Read Psalm 46:1 (ESV): “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Read Psalm 18:1-2 (ESV): “I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

God is our refuge!

  • He is our peace, comfort, strength, protection, calm, and safety.
  • He is our refuge when we face a problem or difficult situation.
    • Stress and overwhelm at school 
    • Drama or conflict with a friend
    • Home situation (divorce/separated, parents fight a lot, conflict with sibling etc.)
    • Coach or teacher out to get you
    • Sports team not going well 
    • Busy life – Need a break. Pause. Breathe. 

You’re going to face problems in your life.

  • Big and small
  • When one goes away, another one often pops up.
  • Some seasons of life are full of more problems than others.
  • Sometimes you pray and the situation goes away. 
  • Sometimes not. The situation stays the same.
  • So, what do we do with that?

God is our refuge. He helps us find peace in the chaos.

  • God will help you find peace in the chaos.
  • God God gives you peace, strength, comfort through it.
  • When you abide in him!

Personal Example

  • Share a personal example of when you faced a difficult situation and found refuge and strength in God.


  • To wrap up the lesson, consider allowing students the opportunity to get prayer from leaders or other students about specific situations they are currently facing.

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