God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
God’s help is always with us. Never a moment goes by when He is not able to aid us in our problems. He is a present help and an ever-present help; He is close and He is always close. He is a refuge when we undergo spiritual attack. He is our strength when it is time to move on the offensive. For the healing of our spiritual battlefield wounds, for our need of direction and wisdom, for our need of encouragement and strength, for our need of re-arming ourselves with determination – the Lord is able to aid us in all and every situation.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
Simple childlike faith in God is able to save us from worry when facing the worst situations imaginable. Fear comes from faithlessness and the one whose thoughts are governed by fear needlessly places his soul in distress. As Shakespeare said, “The coward dies a thousand deaths…”
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
Jerusalem was and is one of the largest cities on earth without a navigable water port. She is supplied with water from the rain that falls from the sky and from underground wells. This is a picture of the Spirit living within the believer. We have a Source of strength and refreshment that the world does not know about. When our souls feel parched and dried out we can look up to God and listen to His Spirit affirm His love for us within.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
The help of the Lord often comes at the last moment, but it comes all the same and God’s delay to help us is often a display of patience toward others, not wishing any to perish but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
8 Come and see the works of the LORD,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shields with fire.
The desolations of the Lord were those acts that defeated the enemies of Israel and brought their deliverance and salvation. When circumstances against us as God’s people seem hopeless, when the enemies seem all powerful and the odds against us overwhelming, we should recall what God has done in the past and continues to do today. Certainly this verse applies to the discouragement that grips us in these days of bringing resolution to worldwide terror attacks by Muslim extremists. When we do not know a solution, we can look to God. This encourages us to pray in all circumstances, at all times, in every situation, and to pray with faith in the power of God to act and bring redemption. When circumstances and problems are placed in His hands He has a way of working things out that we could never have imagined.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
11The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Be still. Quietly contemplate this truth: the Lord is God. He will ultimately defeat all that oppose Him. Rest in His power, His love, and His greatness. Let Him protect your heart and your mind from worry. Whatever troubles you, if there is anything at all, is nothing compared to the greatness of God.
Thank You, Lord, for Your faithfulness to us. Let the reality of You as our ever-present help protect our hearts from worry and strengthen our resolve to continue to follow You. Amen.