"....a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).
We have long been assured of a coming day of shaking; a time when all things that can be shaken will be, so that only that which is unshakable shall remain. Whether or not these tumultuous times are in fact the fulfillment of that ancient prophecy, only time will tell.
One thing is undeniable, however; we have never witnessed such as shaking as is now going on.
And for times like these, we have this song of holy confidence, "God is our refuge and our strength; a very present help in trouble"(Psalm 46:1). It is well worth your time to take a moment and read the whole psalm. In fact, may I be so bold as to suggest you memorize it? You will be glad you did!
At the outset we see three great truths.
1. God is our Refuge -- He is our only impregnable, accessible, and delightful place of retreat. He is our shelter in the midst of the storm, and our sure defense against all assaults. He is our hiding place in times of perilous exposure, and our high tower in a day when things are tumbling down. He is the Rock of our salvation; the glory, and the lifter of our heads!
2. God is our Strength -- He is our all-sufficient, unconquerable, honorable, and emboldening strength. As such He is our hope, our peace, and our joy. The strength of the Lord is our joy, and the joy of the Lord is our strength! He delivers us because He delights in us! He will not abandon us in the day of trouble, nor suffer His name to be mocked by those who hold us in derision because of our trust in Him.
3. God is our Help -- ever near, very present, always watching, never failing. The writer of Hebrews tells us, "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.' So we say with confidence, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?'"(Hebrews 13:5-6, NIV).
“A very present help in trouble.” Faith is never so valuable as in seasons of trouble, and in times of tumult. For it reaches out and takes hold of the often unseen Hand of God, and finds Him to be VERY present. And the heart floods with the song of holy confidence -- "God is our refuge and our strength; a very present help in trouble"(Psalm 46:1).
Isn't it time you started singing?