A Very Present Help
Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
This psalm shouts confidence in God.
It does not begin with prayer, and end in praise….but begins right away with a confident exclamation of God’s power and care….of me….of you.
One of the great joys of my life has been, since I was born again,….that God has been with me, is with me, and will be with me.
God is “our” refuge and strength. God is very personal in His conversations.
(He does speak to His people as a whole, on occasion;….but it is always to those who will hear what He is saying, that He speaks most.)
Confidence in God is something we need to hang on to:
Hebrew 10:35 “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.”
Someone has said, that God is often more present to His people in trials,….than the trouble itself.
He is our refuge (safe place)…..and our strength.
One speaks of present possession…..the other speaks of warfare.
Psalm 46:2-3 “Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be cast in the midst of the sea;
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with swelling thereof. Selah.”
Because He is with us….we will not fear. This is an act of our will….we will not fear.
There are plenty of things to fear in this life…..many.
But we will not give way to fear.
Fear may come and knock at the door of our minds and hearts….but we will stay ourselves on our God, our refuge.
“Though the earth be removed”. I find this wording interesting.
He is not saying “the earth be moved”…..earthquakes, and volcanoes move the earth.
They are troubling….but usually last a period of time.
But the psalmist said, “be removed”…..come to an end, somehow.
Yet the psalmist is hanging on to the Lord’s strength.
In verses Psalm 46:4-6, the psalmist speaks of grace in His people…..like a ever flowing river.
It flows on, no matter what enemies come against it.
It flows to His people, and shows that He is with us….and that His help is here.
We may think, in our impatience that He is slow to help…..but He is “on time”….His time….with the refreshing grace we need…..when we need it.
A very (for emphasis) present help.
Psalm 46:7 “The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.”
This is repeated twice in this psalm,…..here, and at the end:
The Lord of Hosts is an amazing Name of God.
Yes, it speaks of the armies or ‘hosts” of our God…..but not just armies of His people under His banner…..
…..but also His armies of angels (2 Kings 6:15-17),……the armies of bees and hornets (Exodus 23:27-28),…….the armies of anything that He masses together,….which He brings against those that attack His own.
He is with us.
The God of Jacob shows the tenderness toward His wayward people. How much He had to teach and correct Jacob….
…..yet He was His God by covenant….and He was his refuge in all circumstances.
He is our covenant God (through Christ Jesus), and refuge.
Then the psalmist calls all believers to look at what the Lord has done in the past,….is doing now,….
……so we can, in faith, see what He will do in the future, for our deliverance….against those that would destroy our faith.
(How many deliverances has He done for the Church…..for me?)
Psalm 46:10-11 “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.”
Be still has the reference both in speech and in setting still…..till God works it out.
“Be still”….as the Israelites stayed under the blood, till the Angel of the Lord went through the land of Egypt destroying the firstborn….to free His people.
“Be still”….as they were told at the Red Sea….when the Lord caused the sea to go back…and made the sea dry land. (Exodus 14:13-14, 21)
“ Be still”….as when the king Jehoshaphat had many nations coming against him, and Judah gathered to pray….when they were told, “stand still….fear not,…for the Lord will be with you.” (2 Chronicles 20:17)
We are to quiet ourselves….and know God, as God….in this situation.
This psalm was a song of confidence in God, as God. He is sovereign….and He rules and over rules, for His people everyday….in us, and in others, and in circumstances.
It began in confidence…..and ended in confidence of our God.
And we, too, are to hold on to our confidence in Him, for ourselves…..finishing the work we have been given….expecting Him to come in deliverance….or in person.
Hebrews 10:35-37 “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry.”
He has helped us….He will help us….and He is a very present help in this time of trouble.