Psalm 46:1-4 – “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. 4 There is a river…” NASU
Before someone takes me to task for not completing verse four it was with purpose, so bear with me. The longer I serve God, the more I discover that I discover new things about Him virtually every day. The longer I serve Him, the more I discover that I am hopeless and helpless without Him. The longer I serve Him, the more I discover there is to love about Him and find new reasons to Worship and Praise Him!
It is a most wonderful truth to realize, believe, and embrace the present reality that God is our refuge. When we study the Old Testament the word ‘refuge’ is always used in connection with a threat. Something is wrong or dangerous and thus the need for a ‘refuge’. The threat can be physical, emotional, financial, or spiritual, but it is real and if we are left to contend with it in our strength it will overwhelm us, thus the need for a ‘refuge.’
The word ‘refuge’, as used in the Bible demands that we turn our attention to God and His Power, Promise, Provision, and Protection. He is our shelter from the storms of life. Unfortunately, some believe that He fails if He does not keep us out of the storms, but God’s promise is to ‘go with us’ through the storms. Jesus confirmed that in praying to the Father that He was not asking that His followers be taken out of the world but kept in the world.
The ‘refuge’ not only affords safety and protection but divine enablement and power to handle the storms and difficulties of life. It is in His Pavilion Tent that we are refreshed, and His Grace is infused into our beings that we are enabled to deal with those things confronting us. We do not cope, we overcome, through Him.
In the ‘refuge,’ we find shelter, safety, and protection. The first six words of this Psalm are powerful and so enriching we need to go no further but when we expand our consideration of the next six words we discover some incredible. “a very present help in trouble.” What? When we get to heaven we will be relieved of the struggles of life? When we get to heaven we will enjoy His promises and provisions? Yes, but it says so much more than that, it says that God is our ‘Right Now Help’. Present Help. When? In the time of trouble not when we are promoted to that world where there are no more troubles!
THAT IS MY GOD! He is the Right Now, God! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is the Eternal, Living, and All-Powerful Creator of All Things! He is the Only True God! The Psalmist goes on to encourage us that even when things seem impossible to contend with and beyond our ability to handle, God is our Present Help. Even if the world falls completely apart, He is our Present Help. Even if Earthquakes send tall mountains into the sea, God is our Present Help.
I love the beginning of verse four – “There is a river…” Remember what Jesus said, “Out of your belly or innermost being will gush forth a River…” Hallelujah! That is My God! He is my river. He is my Present Help. He is my Strength.
My prayer and encouragement for each of you today is – God Is Our Present Help! He knows, He cares, and He will not leave you helpless! Rejoice even when you don’t feel like rejoicing because He Is!
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!