We live in uncertain and unstable days. Murders, wars, sickness, economic crisis cause us to wonder if God is still on His throne. Yet, it’s the personal trouble I get into that causes the most trouble for me – sickness, financial stress, relationships with family and friends, unwise decisions.
When I get in trouble I start acting like I did when I got in trouble in elementary school. I try to hide it, or deny it, or run from it. But none of those reactions results in anything good. In fact, they make matters worse. So what should we do when we get in trouble? I want to encourage you to make God your shelter, strength, and help.
In Psalm 46, the psalmist assures God’s people that they are safe and secure under God’s mighty protection. Many Bible students believe that this psalm was written in connection with the dramatic deliverance of Jerusalem from the Assyrians in 2 Kings 18-20. In addition, this was Martin Luther’s favorite psalm and the inspiration to the hymn he wrote “A Mighty Fortress is our God.”
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen 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.
Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
When things are changing and threatening around us, we must focus our attention on God. Notice from Psalm 46 what God’s children have:
The Protection of God.
We find peace and security knowing that God watches over us. His protection is always available (v. 1). His protection is dependable (v. 2-3) in every circumstance. Even if the world is destroyed and the oceans roar, we are under his protection.
The Paradise of God.
The psalmist reminds us of our eternal city, Heaven. Its rivers bring joy and it is God’s eternal home. Though our home on earth can be removed, our eternal home can never be destroyed.
The Power of God.
God will bring destruction on the world. Though the world seems to be winning now, the end result is victory through the power of God. He will someday end wars and strife on the earth.
The Praise to God.
When troubles surround us, this is the time to be silent and realize that God is in control. It is natural in trouble to try to fight. But our decision to be silent and still indicates our trust in God. Take your hands off and relax. God has this. Praise Him for the victory in the battle. God knows what He is doing. His timing is perfect. When it is all over, you will praise Him and you will be blessed.
Do not worry about what will happen tomorrow, next month, next year? Stay close to God and He will protect you. Remember, this world and the things of this world are all passing away but your soul is eternal and what happens to your soul is more important than tomorrow’s problems.