“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
I want us all to look at this verse carefully. I believe a lot of times people look at the word of God in verses, taking significant-sized bites out of the bread of life; and often times, just as with food, miss the pleasantness of the flavors, and missing essential key elements within the meal provided. Sometimes, you just need to break it down to smaller, more manageable, portions to enjoy your food better. Just because you ingest it quicker doesn’t mean it will give you the most nutrition to supply your body. Simply put, one of the most important parts of digestion is the prosses of ingesting. Let me show you what I mean.
These two words express so much. This is the beginning thought of the passage. Unmistakably, the author of this Psalm believes that God is. He didn’t start this verse with “God may” or “God might,” but clearly that “God is.” This is an important manner in starting, for it is started in faith.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
See, through a lot of our toughest problems these two simple words can heal us from all doubt and worry in the midst of chaos. In the middle of all that comes against us if we could hold on to these two words comfort will flow over us. Our Mighty God is. Simple, yet powerful words that restore our faith in times of trouble.
[… Our refuge]
As we move forward with this meal presently prepared for us, we see that God is. What is God? It is written here that God is our refuge. Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. What is one’s refuge anyways?
Refuge(noun) a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble.
Notice that refuge is a noun, which we know means that it is a person place or thing. This validates what we have learned thus far that God is. He is physical, He is the condition of one being protected from the pursuit of danger or trouble. This verse is assuring us that He is the provision which is able to shelter us from all that pursues us. If anything comes against us, we can rest assured knowing that we can find refuge in the presence of The Lord.
“So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:6 KJV
He is enough to protect us, if we believe this and have confidence in His word then all fear is gone and we can boldly trust in Our Lord.
[… and strength]
Not only does it tell us that God provides us with protection, but here it tells us that God also gives us strength. This is vital to understanding God. See, God is strength, and God is power. How does God choose to show His power? He shows His power through His servants. Take a look at Moses, Moses is a great illustration of the power of God. God wants to give you strength. I assure you a shepherd can continually protect his sheep however the wolf will always be watching for a time when it can slip in and get a free meal. When it believes no one is around to protect it. But, if when the wolf goes to attack the sheep, and every time the sheep kick him right in the snoot, eventually the wolf will realize that it needs to go find a meal someplace else.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
Ephesians 6:10 KJV
[… a very present help in trouble]
Not only is He present, for we serve an omnipresent Father, but here, according to this scripture, His help is very present as well. He isn’t just present in the good times or high times but in the midst of trouble as well. When all come against you, and you are under attack, this is when God prefers to manifest His power. When others understand the trouble that you are in, that the battle is bigger than you, there is no denying that the power of God is the only thing that can give you victory. He doesn’t go missing in the time of trouble, as others often will, but Our God is very present in the midst of the trouble.
“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 KJV
Therefore do not be discouraged or live in fear. Resist the lies of the devil and embrace the word of God.
You see, there is so much that we can get from the word of God. This verse goes way deeper. The deeper you study it, the better understanding you have of it. The better you understand it, the better you can use it in your life. Don’t let numbers and chapters cause you to miss the power in the word, for when the word was written the numbers weren’t there. They were added later for the sole purpose of being able to find certain things as a group. Ask God to provide you with understanding, seek it out and it will be yours. For knowledge is power.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 KJV