“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present
help in trouble.” — Psalm
Trouble assumes many forms —
financial hardship, rocky relationships, illness,
coronavirus. You could easily fill in the blank if
you were asked what troubles you. Troubles threaten
us, leaving us feeling vulnerable and depleted. How
do we navigate them when we lack wisdom or
God offers hope and peace! The
life-giving words of Psalm 46 declare that “God
is our refuge” or shelter in times of storm or
danger. He is our protector and He is always there
to help. When we are weakened, He is our strength.
The Psalmist continues:
“therefore”, or in light of this truth, “we will not
fear, though the earth give way and the mountains
fall into the heart of the sea” (Ps 46:2).
Troubles can make it feel like the earth is giving
way — as if all our security has vanished. However,
this Psalm reminds us of God’s ever-present
sovereign security helping and strengthening us when
we are in trouble. We don’t need to fear.
The Psalm ends with instructions for
troubled times: “Be still, and know that I am
God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be
exalted in the earth. The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress” (Ps 46:10,11).
One key response to life’s troubles
is to immerse one’s self in His words. Meditate on
the LORD. He is God. He is Sovereign. He is the
Strong One. Your strength. He is ready to help. He
is your fortress and place of safety. Nothing is
too difficult for Him. No trouble is beyond His
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You
for promising to be our refuge and strength. Help us
LORD to trust in You in the midst of our troubles to
work everything for good. Protect and strengthen us.
Help us to be still and know that You are God. Thank
You for being our fortress! Amen.