God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble. – Psalm 46: 1
written by Gina McGinnis
Psalm (song) 46 is one that I hold near my heart. Especially in times when you realize control is an illusion, when chaos from a pandemic or a natural disaster or wartime has broken out. And yet, God’s sufficiency gives us hope even when we don’t know what is ahead. My pastor said this and I have to repeat it, “the illusion of control is broken, but God’s sufficiency remains.”
Psalm 46 speaks of God being our refuge, our strength and a very present help in trouble. That reminds me that God is active, involved.
Because God is who He is, He commands us to not fear. Not fear? What does that look like when everything seems to be upended? It goes onto say in verse 4 that “there is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy dwelling places of the Most High. That God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.”
What a great promise we have, that Jesus is that river and we are hidden in Him.
When I feel fear, anxiety, worry well up in me, I have to remind myself to turn to God.
Verse 7 goes on to assure us that God of Jacob is our stronghold (a stronghold is a place that has been fortified to protect against attack) and in verse 10 it says that we should cease striving and know that God is God.
This gives me great comfort when chaos seems to be winning the day.
During these strange days Psalm 46 reminds me that God is in control and he can be trusted and I can use this time as an opportunity to practice Sabbath (resting in the Lord) and that he is my ever-present help in times of trouble.