Psalm 46

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Good morning.  Would you like to read words of encouragement?  Would you like to hear about hope?  In the midst of disturbing events around the globe, and a pandemic, much can seem gloomy and full of fear.  So, I wanted to dig into a beautiful Psalm and uncover a few gems that shine bright. 

Psalm 46 is a song of praise for God.  It seeks to put God on display for us to understand better who He is and what He can do.  The main idea of this Psalm is God is our refuge.  God, our Creator, is our safety and security.  He is our help in times of trouble – serious trouble. 

In the first three verses disasters are described, though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”  Yet, even in the face of cataclysmic events we have no need to fear.  Why?  Because God is our refuge.  He is greater than the calamity.  He is trustworthy.  He is our help, a very present help.  Nothing in this world – natural disaster, pandemic, social upheaval, politics – can overwhelm our God.  

Not only is God our refuge, but He is also present with us.  He is near to us, not far from us.  We worship a God who is much involved in our lives.  He has not forgotten you.  Even in those moments when He seems at a distance, His voice is hard to hear, still He is with us.  Even when the noise of “the nations rage, kingdoms totter, He utters his voice and the earth melts” (Psalm 46:6). This chapter doesn’t highlight God eliminating calamity.  Instead calamity is happening throughout the psalm.  Yet, through all the calamity God is more powerful and present.  He is with us through it all, helping and strengthening us as we go.  

What is on your mind today?  What concerns you the most?  Is there something you’re afraid of today?  No matter what it is God is reassuring you that He is with you, He will help you, and you should trust Him.  Take time today to be still and reflect on who God is and what He promises to do.  Be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10).  No calamity, pandemic or political strife will overcome the power and sovereignty of God.  He is our refuge, our strength, our very present help in trouble. 


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