For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth. A song. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, Psalm 46:1,2 NIV
When night fell, the storm rose quickly. The boat was being battered and pushed around wave after wave. Some were trying to keep the boat facing the waves while others were starting to bail water. These seasoned fishermen finally slipped into fearing for their lives. Then they remembered that Jesus, even though asleep, was in the boat.
There are too many difficulties that can happen in life that give a doorway to fear. Pandemics and natural disasters remind you that you are not in control. Whether is financial problems, health issues, work struggles, or relational breakdowns, life is hard. When you feel battered and beaten, it’s time to remember who is in your boat.
Refuge is machaseh in Hebrew. It signifies a shelter or figuratively a place of hope. David is not writing the song thinking of a physical location, rather God, Himself, is the provision for shelter and hope.
Strength is wā·‘ōz. Might and power are similar words used in other verses. The key is to think of strength as the capacity of power to accomplish the task. God has all the strength necessary to bring help to navigate you through your trouble.
Ever-present is nim·ṣā. Its root meaning is “to find” such as Noah “found” favor with God. When there is trouble hounding you, you will “find” that God is present, always.
Trouble is tsaw-raw‘. It’s root meaning is tightness and is often translated as distress and sometimes as an adversary. The image is a constricting that occurs when difficulty is closing in. Everyone encounters trouble in life for we all live in a broken world.
So how can you draw the strength from God being present? He is invisible, how can you tap into His might? How can you access the benefits of God’s refuge?
- Direct your thoughts heavenward. Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek God first and all these things shall be added unto you. It is easy to keep talking about the problem, talking about God helps us to walk out of the mire. Choosing right words can direct the flow of your thoughts in the right direction. Listen to what you are saying.
- Worship. I know I sound like a broken record. For the younger audience, the LP album would develop a scratch that caused the needle to loop back to the same groove. The result would be a constant loop skipping back to play the phrase again and again. Worship for the Christian is a loop that is well worth repeating, again and again and again.
- Worship is a choice to gain control over what you can control
- Have ready songs and Bible verses to use as a go to just to begin to influence the atmosphere
- Use your own voice to join in with the music.
- Don’t be embarrassed to cry out to God. The disciples finally called out (cried out) to Jesus to help them. Part of crying out sheds off the pride that is holding God back. There is an intimate moment of crying out that exposes the frailty of the heart to the warmth of God’s love and presence. Jesus said come unto me all that are weak and heavy laden and you will find rest. The coming is the rawness of crying out in need.
On this Fear Not Friday, God is your ever-present help. Thank Him today for His help that is already in the works. Let someone else know that He is helping. Testify of God’s help and presence. Someone else may need what you have to share.
Blessings Love y’all