“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; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah” Psalm 46:1-3
Ever wake up and just wish you had a different life? I don’t mean, a life of the rich and famous, I mean you literally wake up one day and can’t believe that your life has produced this nightmare that you are now living…after whatever face devastation has taken for you personally… death, divorce, disease, abuse, financial demise, all of the above… This is the picture I get when I read this Psalm. The picture that God understands a life where everything you know is being removed. Your world is being thrown upside down and everything you know and have felt comfort in and leaned on or even enjoyed is somehow slipping through your fingers…And not only what is in your grasp, but what is also in your heart and dreams. Your future is in complete jeopardy and being re-written before your eyes; you watch as your hopes are being picked up and kicked into the midst of the sea and this trouble brings with it repercussions of greater and greater trouble, as an earthquake with the aftershocks that follow. Psalm 93: 3 does a beautiful job of painting a picture of the panic and feelings of being overwhelmed one can feel while trouble is near. “The floods have lifted up, O Lord, The floods have lifted up their voice; The floods lift up their waves…” You see floods destroy, floods drown, floods demolish everything they touch. We know this fact in the natural and we see that God understands this by His choice of words when He describes the incoming threat and He gets what it does to your body when David said in Psalm 38:6-8, “I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. For my loins are full of inflammation, And there is no soundness in my flesh. I am feeble and severely broken; I groan because of the turmoil of my heart.”
You see, God understands trouble. But even more importantly, He understands the power available to you because of what Jesus did for you. The resurrection power of God.
” For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us…”2 Cor. 1:8-10
He wants you to know that no matter what is going on in your life, He is a very present help right in the middle of your trouble. Not after you get it cleaned up by yourself or deal with it by yourself, but right in the middle of it where it is the ugliest, the hardest and where it seems the most impossible. My Bible defines “a very present help as that He has been found to be reliable, or proven to be a reliable stronghold in the past, so that any future calamity is no reason to fear.” No matter what nightmare you woke up to I want you to know that He is present for you, that He loves you, that He is willing to help, and can be trusted to help. The way I see it, you have some choices as to how this all plays out because He will not force Himself on you. You have to choose…
- To run to Him not away from Him.
- To receive His help.
- To read His word and accept that it is true, no matter what your feelings or mind are saying. When your thinking and the word of God are playing tug of war, who wins?
- To open your heart to Him and let Him show you His love for you in a new way in the midst of your trouble.
- To keep your mind in today, not yesterday or tomorrow.
If you say today that the Psalm I opened up with is the beginning of your story. That you are in trouble and despair and cannot find your way. Know that the beginning does not have to dictate the end. We serve a mighty God and with His resurrection power, the Psalmist’s conclusion can be your conclusion too…
- “There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah” Psalm 46:4-7
- “The Lord on high is mightier Than the noise of many waters, Than the mighty waves of the sea.” Psalm 93:4
- “He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me, For they were too strong for me.” Psalm 18:16-17
Friends, Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.” 1 John 5:4