2007-01-28 - A Strong Refuge
Psalm 46:1, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."
It is believed that Psalm 46 was written after David's victories over the surrounding nations (2 Samuel 8). In this verse, we are taught to take comfort in God alone, when all around us is bringing us to despair. In these times, we are to trust in the Lord. He is our help when we are in trouble. Have we not found this to be the case? Have we not found that the Lord is our refuge and our strength, when it seems that all around us is falling apart? This verse is not just an observation that this is true; it is also a promise that God will be, and will continue to be, our help when it seems that all is going against us.
Under the burdens of life, this verse is a wonderful promise. He will sustain us when all else seems to be failing. Note also that God is a present help. He has proved Himself to be faithful in the past. He here promises to be faithful both now, and, being an ever-present help, in the future. He is our help that meets us right where our need is every time, every manner, and in every means. We cannot desire a better helper than the Lord. It is a great truth that we will never find a better helper than the Lord.
This should lead us to rest all our cares upon the Lord. All our anxieties, all our fears, all our hopes, and all our dreams are the very things that we should entrust to the Lord who is our refuge and our strength. Where else can we turn? Who other than the Lord, who holds the world in the palm of His hand - who knows our hearts better than we know them ourselves, can we trust to be sufficient to meet our deepest, innermost needs and necessities? It is the Lord, and the Lord alone, who is sufficient for these things. It is wisdom to trust Him in all things. As those who follow the Lord, resting in His grace and mercy, it is also our responsibility to trust the one who is our ever-present help in trouble.
Do we act this way? This is the true test - whether God is our refuge and our strength. What do we trust in when the struggles and frustrations of life weigh heavily upon us? It is our nature to seek answers in those things that easily bring temporary results. But do we seek the Lord as our strength? Do we run for cover and seek refuge in the strength of God, or do we tackle our problems under our own power? It is a fundamental distinction between the Christian and those who are outside of Christ, that the Christian takes everything before the Lord. The non-Christian does not have such a helper. He/she is alone in their struggles. But the follower of Jesus Christ has an ever-present help in trouble. May it never be said of us that we were the solutions to our troubles, but giving God the glory, may we be found to be resting and trusting in Him who alone is sufficient to help us in our times of need.
Soli Deo Gloria,