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Our Refuge and Our Strength

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭46:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Psalms 46-48 our linked together by a common theme around the security of Jerusalem (Zion). While the language in Chapter 46 seems to be talking about some natural climatic event, most likely the author was being poetic in describing how God had delivered Jerusalem from other nations. Regardless of whether or not it was a poetic license or an actual event, we have the assurance that God is our ever-present help when we are in trouble. When our own strength fails, he offers strength. When things our tumultuous he offers us sanctuary, a place of peace and shelter. No matter what happens we need not fear Whether it’s an earthquake, flood, pandemic, illness, loss of a job, broken relationship -- whatever the situation, God is there we need not fear.

Dear God, we give you thanks that you are always here for us, no matter the situation. You have extended an open invitation to turn the cataclysmic events in our lives over to you and leave them there. Help us this day Lord to hand it all over to you -- all the pain, fear and worries -- and let it go. You are our fortress and our strength. Amen.

PS: Check out the lyrics to A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. This great hymn penned by Martin Luther was inspired by Psalm 46.

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