God is Our Refuge and Strength | Psalm 46:1-3
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Sometimes we experience an earthquake of the soul. Our world is shaken with the surges of uninvited waters. Waves of chaos pound our confused heart. Yet when these inevitable times come we can stand strong. Really?
The psalmist reminds us that when tough times come (and they will come) we always have God on our side. Like a fortified city secured by high, thick walls, God is our shelter of protection. Our security is not found in finances, armies or physicians. God alone is our refuge and strength and he is ever-present. People will come and go. Our God never leaves us.
Therefore, we will not fear! Spurgeon says it this way, “Evil may ferment, wrath may boil, and pride may foam, but the brave heart of holy confidence trembles not. Great men (and women) who are like mountains may quake for fear in times of great calamity, but the man (and woman) whose trust is in God needs never be dismayed.”
Heavenly Father, I don’t want to be fearful. I want to trust in you alone. Please draw me to yourself, to the safety of your person. Help me feel your strength and presence. Help me stand strong in you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.