Are you shaking your head as you look around the world in which we live? God has assurance for us in Ps. 46. Look at what Psalmist reminds us of in verse 1: God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
The first thing that brings me comfort when I read this chapter is that the trouble that God is a refuge from is not necessarily trouble that is aimed at me! Why does that bring me comfort? So glad that you asked.
As Christians, we have a tendency to think of God’s power to protect me stems from things that are overtly and directly having to do with spiritual warfare. When I am attacked because I am a child of God doing things that directly come against the kingdom of Satan (i.e. witnessing, preaching, singing for the Lord etc.), then I can understand and fully expect God coming to my aid. But what about the fears that come up in the midst of merely life on this planet?
It is here that at least for me, Satan has done a pitch to suggest that since I’m not overtly working for the Lord, then I am on my own with stuff that threatens. God is good for dealing with my enemies who attack me for my faith but when it comes to tornados and earthquakes, better hope you have good insurance.
Yet Psalms 46 sets out to let me know that God is concerned and meaningfully involved in whatever concerns me. Listen to what He says: God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.
Did you see it?! The mountains shaking and the waters roaring are not aimed at my overt spirituality. It is merely the cost of doing business on this planet…AND OUR GOD IS ACTIVE ON OUR BEHALF.
In the world in which we live, nature is not the only threat we face. Every news flash of war and chaos around the globe gives rise to the idea that mankind if perfectly able and willing to destroy some or all of the planet before nature ever even gets a chance! Again, the question comes, what does God do in dealing with not so much the distress of nature but the distress of nations? His response is begins in verse 8: Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.
God’s promise is that He who handles the challenge of nature in the heat of its unrest will ultimately break the weapons and will of the warmonger that is mankind, making an end to wars and breaking arrows and spears of the aggressors. Where must I wait and find my refuge while all this fits into the schedule of my God? Verse 4 says: There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
Please notice that even in the city of God, the refuge of God is not one that makes us oblivious to the distress and calamity within the world we live. The idea of the help of God coming at dawn is that we must spend the night deciding that we “shall not be moved.” Only then, once our faith is assured, do we see the assurance of the help of the Most High God!
So, even within this treacherous world in which we live, I can be sure that any trouble, every trouble, all trouble is under His control and if my faith will not be moved, my help comes in the morning!