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A Mighty Fortress, Refuge, and Strength

Psa 46:1-3 ESV – 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

God is present, Immanuel, not as an interested spectator, but alongside, supporting, carrying, protecting . . .and He is (presently, currently) our refuge (shelter, or deliverance from) and strength (power, security, or deliverance through) . . .

Because God is Sovereign, because He is both refuge and strength — we do not need to fear

not “until”

but “though” or even when the earth gives way,

even though the mountains are moved into the heart of the sea

even though the waters roar and foam

even though the mountains tremble at its swelling . . .

Note: if you are imagining earthquake or hurricane or flood . . .you are right on track . . .

God is Sovereign, He is our Refuge and Strength, not only in natural disasters, but also in relational disasters, in physical illness, in emotional distress. God is Sovereign. He is our Refuge. He is our Strength.

Not just occasionally. God is . . .present tense. . .not maybe. . .is.

Martin Luther knew this. God was his Refuge and Strength through unfair trial proceedings, through hiding from enemies seeking his life, through poverty, through distress, through depression, through exhaustion. His study of Psalm 46 resulted in the familiar hymn, A Mighty Fortress is Our God. Let the truth of this hymn encourage your soul today.

A mighty Fortress is our God, A Bulwark never failing;
Our Helper He amid the flood Of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, And, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, The Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth His Name, From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, For lo! his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers, No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours Through Him who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, This mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His Kingdom is forever

Monday Prayer

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!
4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
9 Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!
10 The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. – ESV

My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your Word. When I told of my ways, You answered me; teach me Your statutes . . . Psalm 119

O, Gracious Lord,
What is the answer when I am feeling backed up against the wall? When I don’t know where to turn, who to trust?
It’s You. It’s always been You. It will always be You. You are the Faithful, Sovereign God. You will always do what is right and just. You see me, You know me, Your purposes for me will be fulfilled.

I will never comprehend fully what a miracle of mercy it is that You hear me when I call to You. And You not only hear, You respond. You respond according to Your steadfast love and Your goodness. You respond for my good.

So, Lord, I take refuge in You. I submit to Your will. I look to You for my wisdom, my strength to face another hour, my hope that You are Sovereign. Because Your are my Shepherd, I truly do have all that I need . .

amen

from Beverly

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