“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. (Psalm 46:1-3)
God is who we go to for protection from the dangers of the world. He is that high tower against any adversity or adversary. But notice the dangers that the Psalmist describes. These are horrific natural disasters. The earth removed or “altered” possibly a reference to an earthquake. The waters stirred up and the mountains upwell and go into the sea. It sounds like the end of the world. Would we, in this situation still trust in God as our refuge and strength? With the world crumbling down around us is a very real way, could we remain in faith in God that He was our present help in this situation of dire straits?
We usually go to God before (if forewarned) or after any trouble or disaster. We pray that nothing bad will happen or for a speedy recovery if something does. What about during a storm? Do we have the trust and confidence in God to go to him as our refuge while everything is turned upside down? Do we have faith in God to strengthen us, protect us and to be able to lean on Him as our present help during the storm?
Confidence in God
We must have full confidence in God to be our salvation, not just spiritually and eternally but in a very real and present physical sense. Do you believe God can save you from any danger right now?
“Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power: Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people” (Psalm 65:6-7).
God is our trust and our being when we depend upon Him. “Therefore will not we fear” Jesus was totally dependent upon God. He once entered into a ship with his disciples. A terrible storm arose and the ship was covered in waves. While the disciples panicked in great fear, Jesus rested and slept.
The disciples woke Jesus saying, “Lord save us: we perish: (Matthew 8:25)
Jesus responded by saying, “Why are ye fearful. O ye of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26)
Is our faith in God so strong that we not only believe but depend upon Him to still the waters of a raging storm? Not a metaphorical storm but a very real disaster. Is God our very present help in trouble though the waters roar and the mountains shake?
“Our faith is really and truly tested only when we are brought into very severe conflicts, and when even hell itself seems opened to swallow us up. In like manner, we have portrayed to us the victory of faith over the whole world, when, in the midst of the utmost confusion, it unfolds itself, and begins to raise its head in such a manner as that although the whole creation seem to be banded together, and to have conspired for the destruction of the faithful, it nevertheless triumphs over all fear” (John Calvin).
Although this psalm has been presented in a physical sense there is a metaphorical “back story” to it. Earthquakes are sometimes representative of political turmoil, mountains as kings.
According to Adam Clarke, “Waters, in prophetic language, signify people; and, generally, people in a state of political commotion, here signified by the term roar. And by these strong agitations of the people, the mountains – the secular rulers, shake with the swelling thereof – tremble, for fear that these popular tumults should terminate in the subversion of the state”.
So here we have described a people at unrest, a government in turmoil and a nation in disaster. But the same salvation still applies, God!
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance” (Psalms 33:12).
One of the things we all must pay close attention to is what distracts us from God. Some situations we get into we are able to stay focused on God and His way with no problem. Other situations we may not handle so well. Some people may fall apart under financial pressures, others sickness and still others may have a difficult time with relationships. The point is that storms come in a variety of shapes and sizes but the solution is always the same thing-God!
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble, any and all trouble! Praise the Lord!
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