God Is Our Refuge and Strength – Psalm 46:1-3
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]
As people of faith, we believe for the best in life. But if we are honest, and we live long enough, we will all experience some kind of calamity, trouble or storms in our lives.
It could be the call in the middle of the night – never good news – about the health of an aging parent. It could be a conversation with your boss that turns into your job’s termination. It could be a routine checkup revealing something more serious.
We live with the expectation for the best, but we know that life is seasonal and unsure. The Bible tells us “in this world we will have trouble” (John 16:33). No matter how successful, wealthy, educated, or smart we are, we all encounter detours on the path of life that leave us heartbroken, things that blindside us, events we could never anticipate, secrets exposed we could never imagine.
Storms usually come unexpectantly – sometimes from seemingly out of nowhere –
When I was younger, we loved going to the beach or the lake and enjoying boating and water skiing. One beautiful sunny summer day we were quite a distance out in the water when all of a sudden, a storm came with lightning and heavy winds, the sky became dark and the waters became very rough. We headed for the shore as quickly as possible and made it to a safe place unharmed.
When I was in my early 30’s we got a call that my mother had been rushed to the hospital. She had suffered a heart attack. At that time in my life, my mother was my best friend. We talked almost every day. We spent the week at the hospital praying for her recovery but by the end of the week, she went home to be with the Lord. My world at that time crashed and I remember running to God with all of my questions. She would not be there for my girls’ graduations or weddings. I did not understand why He had taken her at such a young age – she was 58. But God comforted me and with the passing of time helped me to heal and now I am thankful for the time I had with her.
How are we to respond when our world seems to be falling apart, when we have received a bad doctor’s report, or hear devastating news about someone we care about? Our natural response is to experience fear. Anyone who has received the report of cancer can tell you about the fear that tries to dominate one’s heart and thoughts.
But as believers, we have hope. When we know God and his unfailing love for us and we run to Him, we can be confident in every circumstance of life. We have a strong hiding place that we can run to, a shelter from every storm in our lives. God is our help! He is with us throughout every struggle and knows our pain. No matter what we face we can be confident! Why? God is our very present help. Present help indicates His nearness even in the midst of trouble. He is with us.
Our prayer is that God would restore our hope and allow us to trust Him more deeply and completely with all areas of our life.
The Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love. (Psalm 147:11)
Passion Bible translation — Psalm 46:1-3
God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge!
You’re a proven help in time of trouble—
more than enough and always available whenever I need you.
2 So we will never fear
even if every structure of support were to crumble away.
We will not fear even when the earth quakes and shakes,
moving mountains and casting them into the sea.
3 For the raging roar of stormy winds and crashing waves
cannot erode our faith in you.