“God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble. Therefore we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles and the mountains topple into the depths of the seas, though its water roars and foams and the mountains quake with its turmoil.” – Psalm 46:1-3
In seasons when things seem out of balance, when circumstances are too heavy to bear or when the world around me is upside down, one passage of scripture reminds me of who God is.
Psalm 46 tells us that God is our refuge and also our strength. He is a “helper who is always found in times of trouble” (verse 1). This is such a comforting truth that we need on a daily basis!
If God is our refuge, then we have a place of shelter, a place to go to for protection and someone to turn to when life gets hard.
If God is our refuge, then there is always a set of arms ready to embrace and comfort us when we need it most. There is always supernatural help from Heaven at our disposal.
And if God is our strength, even while we feel as though we are weak, there is enough strength to pull us through any situation, temptation or trial.
God gives us the strength we need when seasons start to drag on and we begin to feel weary. Strength is available in challenging times. It is available when we need to face a difficult health diagnosis, care for an elderly parent, raise a prodigal child and for the ten thousand different situations that seem to find their way into our lives.
What brings me most comfort and peace is knowing that in the midst of all the potential challenges I can face, I do not have to be afraid. See how the psalmist reassures us early in verse two that with God at the center of all our situations, we need not be fearful.
“Therefore, we will not be afraid.”
This one word “therefore” tells us that as long as God is our refuge, our strength and our help, we have nothing to fear. While God remains God, in other words, forever, this truth is firmly established.
The earth may tremble.
The mountains may topple into the depths of the seas and shake in turmoil.
All that we know on earth can be disturbed yet we can stand firm, rooted in the truth that our God remains present, aware and ready to help us in times of trouble.
Any time we need help or a place where we can be and feel safe, God is there. We only need to turn to Him in surrender, admitting our need of Him and He is quick to embrace us. The sad truth is that we often think we can figure things out on our own or we turn to various sources well before we turn to God. How different our lives would be and how much better we would navigate the storms of life if we only turned to Him?
God was present in the beginning (John 1:1). He will be present at the end and is even now in the in-between. God is always at the center. And this my friend should change our perspective and steady our anxious hearts. Let this truth sink in today.
Psalm 46:1-3 | Psalm 42:11
Reflexion: Just as Jesus is the Lamb seated at the center of the heavenly throne, sovereign over all, He is also at the center of your life. How does this change your perspective on your circumstances? Consider the present or the past: how has He proved Himself to be your refuge? Your strength? And your helper?