The Pastor's Pen
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be removed, and thought 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.” Psalm 46:1-3
Last week the shaking of an earthquake did not make us think that the earth was being ‘removed’ but it reminds us of the trust the Psalmist had in God.
There are three things that the writer is certain about God. First, he recognizes that God is a refuge. I have no idea of the difficulties that were being faced, but he wrote that he knew God as his refuge. A refuge, or shelter, is no good unless it can be accessed. In verse 7, the author make an interesting statement when he refers to God being a refuge for Jacob. Jacob was no saint but impressed me as being an unworthy person of God’s protection. If God can care for an unworthy Jacob, he will care for an unworthy person such you and me.
Second, he recognizes God’s strength. It reminds me at once that God is omnipotent. Being all powerful, God is able to do what He claims. In verse eight, the writer makes a bold invitation when he says, “Come, behold the works of the LORD,” The Bible is full of illustrations of God’s works. He is always sufficient for any problem and powerful enough to care for us.
Third, he recognizes that God is “a very present help in trouble.” The Hebrew word trouble could also be translated “distress or tight place”. We have all been in tight places and need assistance. That is what God is to those who know Him. He is present or ever near to meet us in our tight place.
In verse ten, the Psalmist encourages us to “be still, and know that I am God:” It is hard to be still when the earth seems to be shaking. It is an important time to know God.
Do you know Him? You can find Him through His Son. There is a familiar verse that tells us how to find Him. “For God so loved the world, That He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). God is accessible, He is sufficient, and He is ever present. You can trust Him.
Pastor Robert Kurtz
“The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” Psalm 46:11