God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalms 46:1 is a brief verse with loads of information about some of the wonderful attributes of God. The Psalmist David, perhaps following one of the many critical experiences of his life, wrote this chapter. Crisis from David's youth up brought him face to face with what God could do. Here David lifts up the characteristic of a refuge, strength and presence.
As a young boy, David faces a bear and lion. The things that he knew of God must have been a great source of comfort for him as he took the lion by the beard and slew him. When he went to face the giant Goliath, having his experience with God when he confronted the lion and bear must have given him great comfort. He knew that he could depend on God as in times past because God had declared, "I am the same today, yesterday and forevermore.
There were times in David's life as he fled from Saul that he had to depend on God as his "Refuge". By doing this he was able to avoid the constant pursuit by Saul as he sought David's life. As David trusted in God it lead him to the throne of Israel.
You might ask, what does this have to do with us in our day and age? The same God that said to David, "I am the same today, yesterday and forevermore" also says to us, "I perceive that God is no respecter of persons." What that means is that all the promises that David claimed from God is also extended to us.
In our world today we may never need to contend with lions, bears or giants but we have our own obstacles that try our faith and test our trust in God. Today we live in a world as "Easter Christians in a Good Friday world". It is like a store window where a prankster has broken in during the night and changed the price tags around. Now the valuable items have cheap prices and the cheap items have expensive price tags. What are you shopping to purchase? The cheap things that will one day vanish away or the things that pertain to your citizenship in heaven where "rust and moth don't corrupt or thieves break in and steal.
As Jesus spoke to the Sea of Galilee, "Peace be still" and a mirror calm fell upon the face of the water. Christ can bring the same peace and calm to your life. He will be a refuge for you in the time of the storm. His presence will surround you all the days of your life and he will give you a source of strength like no other. When your life has run its course, he will take you home to live forever. This is unlike the cheap thrills this world has to offer. If there was no heaven to gain or hell to flee, the Christian life is still the best life to live. Paul put it this way; "It is more profitable to live Godly in Christ Jesus both in this world and in the world to come." If you have not trusted him, do it now for he cares for you.
Glen Sage, Minister