“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, even though the earth be removed and the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.”
A “Refuge” is a shelter of protection from danger or distress, a place that provides shelter or protection. Throughout scripture God’s people are referred to as “Sojourners” or pilgrims on a journey through this life onto life in eternity with Him in heaven. However, as pilgrims on this journey ourselves, we are not promised that there will not be trials, tests, pain, hardship, uncertainty, danger, or distress. What we see revealed in the psalmists’ writing is who God is in the midst of the difficult, uncertain, and chaotic circumstances or seasons of our journey. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, even though the earth be removed and the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.” The psalmist uses strong words to describe our God who is a shelter of protection from and in danger and distress, when it appears to us that the world around us is crumbling beneath our feet, or life as we know it may be forever changing. He is, indeed, our refuge and strength, our ever-present help in times of great anxiety and uncertainty, and our God promises to always be with us in the midst of them.
Regardless of the circumstances we faced last week, yesterday, what we’ll face today, or what we’ll face tomorrow, we can walk in full assurance of faith that God has complete knowledge of each and every detail. In the words of Pastor Johnny Hunt, “Did it every occur to us, that nothing every occurs to God?” What a very fitting question to ask ourselves in times such as these in our world today. When we wonder if God is listening, if He’s seeing our distress, if He’s “on the job standing watch,” – the answer is unequivocally, Yes! God is always on duty, He is our unchanging, ever-present helper, our refuge and strength, even when we think life’s caught us by surprise, the Lord is here to remind us that He is going before us, fighting for us.
Connecting Faith & Life
Father, thank You for the promise that you are our Refuge and Strength, our Ever-present Help in times of trouble, uncertainty, or despair. Please remind us often, every hour of hour day, that You are always “on duty,” never slumbering nor sleeping. You have ultimate control over this world and all that You’ve created. Our lives and our times are in Your hands. May we rest in that truth and hope today. In Jesus’s name, Amen.