God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1, KJV)
A refuge is something or someone that we run to when we need assistance or protection. The Psalmist says here that God is a refuge. He is a “fortified place” where the righteous can run to in times of trouble and be protected from the raging storm. He continues in verse 2 and says:
“Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea” (Psalm 46:2, KJV)
God is such a secure place for us that even though the earth be removed and the mountains be carried into the sea, we will not be afraid. These are very powerful words that describe for us the security we have in God. In fact, not even death can overcome us because Jesus said all power, including the power of death, has been given to Him. The Psalmist continues and says:
“There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacles of the most High” (Psalm 46:4, KJV).
While the world is being shaken, and mountains removed and thrown into the sea as is happening right now, there is a river whose streams are making glad the people of God! He knows how to shelter His own, and make provisions for their needs in times of storms. The Psalmist then urges us in verse 10:
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10, KJV)
Yes, this is what God wants you to do. Be still! He is still God. He is your refuge. His river is an endless and abundant supply of joy, peace, healing, etc though the earth is being torn to pieces!
What is the meaning of refuge as used in Ps 46:1 above? Is this literal or figurative language? Can you compare and see why God compares Himself to a fortified shelter?
APPLY THE WORD
You have a refuge in God. Mountains may be cut off and thrown into the sea around you. Just be still, know He is still God and drink joyfully from the rivers of His pleasures for you!
Bless the Father for being our refuge in times of trouble.