God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Psalm 46:1-2 NKJV. This psalm is encouraging us to hold fast to the Lord, no matter what is going on around us. While reading verses 2 and 3 about a world being torn apart by natural disasters one must consider what was said right before that: God is our refuge. So when our world is falling apart, whether due to physical illness, relational issues, or financial burdens, we can turn to Him for help.
I love how the psalmist shifts his focus from the problems of the world in verse 2 and 3 to a holy place we call heaven in verses 4 through 6. Don’t we see this pattern throughout the Bible? “Keep your eyes on the Lord” is says over and over in various ways. Consider how Matthew walked on water towards Jesus in Matthew 14:27-32 but as soon as his eyes saw the waves, he started to sink. He sank because he took his eyes off Jesus. And so will we if we choose not to focus on Him.
Paul urges us to keep our thoughts on the eternal things rather than the temporary things in 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NKJV “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
When the darkest hour is upon us, as our world comes apart before our very eyes, if we choose to keep our focus on God, we will remember what verse 5 says: “God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.” God is with us. We will not be moved. God will help us, even when it looks like all hope is gone.
Who comes to our rescue? Verse 10 says it all: Be still, and know that I am God. Stop fretting the situation you’re in. Just be still. Focus on God. Realize He is bigger and mightier than our biggest problems.
What are the “mountains” quaking in your life today? What “waters are roaring and troubled”? Do not fear. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Won’t you turn to Him?
Lord, thank you for your precious Word, guiding us back to the truth. You are our refuge and strength. No matter what difficulties we have in this life, we can rest in you as our safe harbor. You will keep us safe from all that’s falling apart. Help us to “Be still, and know that You are God” and you are with us. May we turn to you today, this moment and seek your refuge. In Jesus name Amen.
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