Psalm 46 is one of my favorite passages. There’s been many times of trouble in my life when I’ve just felt defeated and the world was just going to chew me up and spit me out. But this Psalm has always brought me back to a place of peace and trusting in God. When we study the life of David, the author of this Psalm, we know that he too felt that way many times, actually fearing for his life on many occasions, yet he was able to be inspired by God to write this beautiful Psalm. The two things that really stick out in this passage for me are verses 1 and 10.
Verse 1 gives us the hope that God is always for us when we get ourselves in trouble. It may be something we did to get ourselves in trouble, or it could just be a happenstance that occurred in our lives that put us there. Either way, God is able! He is our refuge and will help see us through these times. I have personally seen this over and over in my life and can stand firm on this promise of God. There is nothing that is a surprise to God. He knows what our future holds and He has already worked out our problems for us. We just need to trust in Him and His goodness as we see our paths lighting up with His direction.
Verse 10 has two simple words that are very powerful – “Be Still.” That is really hard to do when we are in crisis mode and freaking out But God wants us to just stop, pray and listen for His voice and know that He has things under control because He is the wonderful Heavenly Father that loves us so much. This is also a good time to read His word and be still and stand on His promises.
Verses 7 and 11 tells us, “The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.” Just think about that for a minute. The Lord and Creator of all of the universe with all of His power and all of the angelic armies available to Him, is here among us and is our fortress that we can run to. The same God that just spoke things and life into being is here among us. There is no problem (or trouble) that is too big for Him. There is no circumstance that He cannot handle. There is nothing that life can throw at us that God is unable to be our refuge and strength. That is good news for us simple-minded humans that constantly get ourselves in trouble!
Study this passage today and let it really sink in.
I love you and am praying for you today!