“GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH, A VERY PRESENT HELP IN THE TIME OF TROUBLE” (PSALM 46:1
I know that we all can agree that we live in a troubled world. Yesterday’s murder of two news correspondents can attest to that; black on black crime can attest to that, killings at the hands of law enforcement persons can attest to that, hurricanes like Katrina, earthquakes such as the recent one in Nepal, tornados in the Midwest, fires in Washington State, floods in diverse places, suicide bombers, terrorist abroad and home grown.
We are dealing daily with The up and down movement of the stock market, gas and oil prices, unemployment and a plethora of things have tapped the roots of our anxiety. Every night the media invades our homes bringing it all to us in real time, exposing us to a new phenomenon called “compassion fatigue.” Modern-day psychiatrist identifies the helplessness, stress vulnerability and depression we feel watching and wondering. “What if we are next to be targeted or slammed by forces of nature? Who will protect us?”
To the fearful in heart, the Bible says three things:
- “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Nothing ever catches God by surprise! The margin of the New American standard Bible renders this last phrase, “abundantly available for help in tight places.” Hallelujah!!! Isn’t that GREAT!. When you are in a tight spot, God is abundantly available to help you. Notice, it doesn’t say that God will help you occasionally or reluctantly. No, He will do it abundantly and faithfully. What more do you need?
- ”Therefore we will not fear” (verse 2NIV). You needn’t, talk defeat, or give in to despair. The songwriter said, “He’s as close as the mention of his name.” Just breathe His name in prayer, and He’ll be there for you.
- “Let the oceans roar….Let the mountains tremble” (verse 3 NLT). When everything you once thought to be stable and dependable, is threatened and shaken to the core- you and I will be where we have always been-in the strong and loving arms of God; the One who is “abundantly available to help in tight places.”
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