Posted by: missionventureministries | September 7, 2016

GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH – Psalms 46:1-3

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God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. – Psalms 46:1-3 

We have only one source of security who is God, our heavenly Father. When wars break out, government fails, natural disasters destroy our homes, our health deteriorates, or friends betray us, God is the only One where we can find security.  

Our world, with all its advancements in education, technology and science, is no safer today than it was thousands of years ago. Anything can happen, at any second; and there is no security unless we have placed ourselves in the hand of the One who holds eternity and who is in control of all things. 

We need to turn to God, and only when we seek God, can we find rest for our soul. The psalmist wrote, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46:10) 

The Bible says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.” (Psalm 20:7-8) 

God is waiting to hear us call for help; and if we call, He will respond.  

When we are secure in God, we do not need the security of other things. God is in control and seated firmly on His throne. That is why we can say: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” (Psalm 46:1-2).  

Our security comes from our faith in God and not from our circumstance: “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (Psalms 46:7, 11). Our faith is in knowing that God is omnipresent, which gives us hope and security because we know that the Lord is always with us. 

God wants us to depend on Him and we need to be aware that our trust should not be in things, but only in Him.  

We need to pray for strong faith, and that in the midst of a world filled with problems and dangers, we will continue to trust that God is with us because His presence will give us peace and joy no matter what happens. 

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27) 

There are many who live in great prosperity – they have lots of money and possessions – yet their lives are consumed with worry and fear. And there are those in our world today who live in very difficult and dangerous places, yet have a great sense of security because they have placed their faith and hope in God.  

Job lost everything, but he chose to place His trust in God. He was shaken but he did not fall. The Bible says, “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.” (Psalm 125:1) 

We need to have this same courage today because Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Our confidence should not be shaken, because we have a God who is in complete control. We should have courage, not because we are strong, but because we have a God who is strong. He is powerful and He rules over all. God has not changed, and His love will see us through: “For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalms 100:5) 

As Paul wrote, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?…37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:35, 37) 

We are secure in an unsafe world because the One who loves us is with us. And we need to remember that our security is in eternity and not in the present because this world is not our home.  

If we are looking only at the present circumstances we will be shaken, but if we are grounded in God’s Word and the promise of eternity, we will stand firm and no one can take it away from us. Therefore, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13) 

And remember what Isaiah 26:3 says: “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”

 

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  1. Love powerful messages like this keeps my heart pumping and my eyes upon the Lord in peace and prosperity.


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