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God is Our Refuge and Strength!

Psalm 46:1-3

:To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song for Alamoth.

  “God is our refuge and strength,
         A very present help in trouble.
  2 Therefore we will not fear,
         Even though the earth be removed,
         And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
 
3 Though its waters roar and be troubled,
          Though the mountains shake with its swelling.”  Selah 

 

In this beautiful song of the sons of Korah, set to what is believed to be a specific tune (Alamoth); we have some of the most comforting words in all of scripture. This song was prepared and joyfully sang at the destruction of Sennacherib's Assyrian army (2 Kings 19:35-37; 2 Chronicles 32:20-23; Isaiah 37:36-38), by an Angel of the Lord (185,ooo Assyrians were slain that faithful night in Divine defense of Hezekiah and Jerusalem).  

 

In the first three verses, we have the ascendancy of Jehovah over all of nature; to those who trust in Him, the ability of the Most High God to give protection (a place to hide in hope of expectation) and thus provide strength.

This is given with the back drop of all the earth crumbling around us.

This is what it must have felt like to stand on the walls of the city and watch the vast army of the invaders surround and threaten.

This is often what we all feel when things seem their worst.

However, instead of turning to God as our refuge and strength, we often withdraw and attempt to disperse our troubles on our own. Often it is, that our troubles have their origins in our own attempts to disperse them (this was also true with Judah! It was through failed alliances they had made with these enemies that had brought this trouble upon them), instead of trusting our Refuge and Strength.

God has once again come to the aid of all men; having slain the enemy without (sin) – Romans 5:6-8 "For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

 

As God has fought and destroyed the enemy, there are still times when we think the world is crashing in around us (a return to a weaker state of mind). We must restore our trust in our permanent Refuge and Strength, and never forget that He is our “very present help in trouble” (the word “very” is a modifier that qualifies the next word). He is always with us!

 

Note the words of Paul to these Christians:

Romans 8:31-39 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
       “ For Your sake we are killed all day long;
       We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

To the child of God, withdrawal, and self-reliance is not an option when the world seems to be crashing down around us. Elevation over this fear has been guaranteed by our God who cannot lie (Titus 1:1-3; Hebrews 6:18). There is nothing in this world that can take this away from us, only we can give it up!

 

When things are difficult

Colossians 3:16-17 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

 

He is still the refuge and strength to those who trust Him!

Ephesians 3:14-21 “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.” Amen.

 

I am not a poet or clever with words and phrases; but these words speak to me loudly and clearly, as each day I stand on the wall and witness the enemy grow stronger. The vast army of the wicked surrounds and begins to close in and I feel the pressure, sadness, and fear. There might be a moment of satisfaction in complaint, or anger, but nothing to remove the dread.

Instead, I turn to God's word and trust in His mighty ability to judge the wicked in His time, and save those of us who trusts Him in love.

We can be fearful and worry about our children and their future, but there is little effect in this practice alone!

Give them this powerful shield against the evil of this world.

 

God is Our Refuge and Strength!

AMEN