Friday, July 7, 2017

Why You Can Trust God in Any Situation!

Psalm 46 
1 God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

This psalm focuses on the all-encompassing character and nature of God, and how we can trust in him in any situation. Why does the psalmist have so much confidence in God?
“Luther, when in greatest distress, was wont to call for this psalm, saying, Let us sing the forty-sixth psalm in concert; and then let the devil do his worst.”

1. God is a refuge.  A refuge was a place of protection when someone was being hunted down.  Fugitives in the Jewish Law were given a place to hide out from those that wanted their life.

2.  God is a strength.  “The earth be moved…the mountains carried…the waters roar…the mountains shake: The psalmist considered the most frightening, humbling natural phenomenon imaginable. He then made the reasoned estimation that God was greater than them all, and fear before these in some way robbed God of some of His honor.” (Guzik)

3. God is an ever-present help. God is not distant or aloof, He is near us when we call on him, especially in prayer. The secret of his confidence was the near proximity of God, and could be called on “right here, right now”!

The clear logic of psalmist flows from these 3 presuppositions.  If God is a refuge, strength and ever- present help He can be trusted even with life’s worst consequences. I.e. The mountains give way and the waters foam.    

Where can you apply the character of God is in your life today?  Where do you need his strength, refuge and ever-present help? Go to him in prayer and seek Him, and He will be there for you.  He was faithful to Israel throughout its history, and he will be faithful to you! 

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