Psalms 46:1-11 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
God is our refuge.
God is our strength.
A very present help in time of trouble.
This morning these Psalms caught my eye. I sometimes wonder if we actually “hear” what we read. I know I wonder if I do. Hear the words…
God is my refuge! He is that place we can escape to when danger is eminent. He is that place wherein we can hide when things are too great for our feeble frames to endure. He is our refuge- our source of help, relief, comfort.
God is my strength! Oh! How weak we are, how lacking in faith. Many times Jesus chided the disciples- “Where is your faith?”
Where is our faith? Not only do we have a place of refuge to retreat into, but we also are assured of strength to endure whatever comes while getting there- God is my strength!
So then, why are we defeated, or worried, or afraid? Why do we hide in places or things other that in God?
Verses 2, 3, and 6 relate some pretty terrible things occurring- The earth removed!
Earthquakes galore, terrible mud slides, floods, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, we see these occurring now, we hear the threats of even greater, no doubt it was the same for the Psalmist, and yet the he declares, “THEREFORE WE WILL NOT FEAR”. God is very present!
No matter if the calamities and disasters that befall us are truly the earth being physically removed, or if these are manifested in emotional traumas which we must endure in this life. God is there with us as our strength, our refuge, our help in ALL TIMES of trouble.
At times the enemy may come in like a flood, floods are temporary. Our God comes in like a river, (He remains) whose streams make glad the city of God. Are you a citizen of that city?
God is greater than all. Verse five tells us that He is in the midst, and will not be moved. The heathen can rage, and strive, and scheme for power- God will one day speak and the earth shall melt away.
2 Peter 3:9-10 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Look and see cries the Psalmist, behold the works of the Lord!
So whilst the heathen rage, whilst the adversary assualts us, while that enemy of our souls seeks whom he may devour, the Lord tells us to “Be still and know that I am God.”
The Lord of Hosts is with us- Yahweh Tseva’ot, -the Lord of the armies of heaven- is with us! And hear this…
He is such a close God, such a personal God, such a very near God that He can be called the God of Jacob.
This also means that He can be called- your God. The God of YOUR-NAME-HERE, and we can be assured that we ARE His people.