Scripture Reading: Psalm 46:1-11
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth give way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” (Psalm 46:1-3)
We all need encouragement and hope. The Psalms are a source of great comfort to me. I find assurance and peace when I read them. This Psalm assures me that God will protect me and give me strength to face whatever comes my way. God is my refuge and strength. I am safe and secure because He holds me in His mighty hands. He is my very present help in trouble. I am not alone in my troubles, for God Himself comes to my aid.
The Psalmist was picturing a terrible disaster when he wrote this Psalm — the earth giving way, mountains falling into the heart of the sea, perhaps a tsunami — though waters roar and foam. Disasters have taken place throughout the history of the world since the time of the Fall. They will take place until Jesus comes again to restore all things. We have and we will face times of trouble. Disease, storms, disasters, and death are all consequences of living in a fallen world.
It is important for us to realize that the effects of sin entering into the world brought terrible consequences. Human beings were separated from God because of sin. Conflict entered into human relationships because of sin. All of creation was effected because of sin. We are told that the creation groans as it awaits the coming of Christ when He will restore all things (Romans 8:19-22). Prior to the Fall of man into sin, there were no divisions, disasters, diseases and death. We will continue to face these things until Jesus returns in glory.
The good news is that when they come, God is our refuge and strength. We do not have to be overcome with fear. He will protect us and He will give us strength to face the storms of life. Remember that God is a very present help in trouble. He comes to our aid; He comes to help us weather the storms. “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (v. 7).
The Psalm ends with these words — “‘Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth!’ The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress” (vs. 10,11). During these days of trouble, be still and know that the Lord of hosts is with us. He is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Lord God, you are my refuge and strength. You are my very present help in trouble. These are troubling days, but I have nothing to fear for You are with me. I am not alone in my troubles. You will protect me and You will give me strength to persevere through the storm we are facing now. Let me be still and know that You are God. The Lord of hosts is with me; the God of Jacob is my fortress.
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