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An Ever-Present Help

Aren’t you glad that God never loses sight of you? He never misplaces your file and never allows you to slide off his radar for a single moment.

Psalm 46:1 says, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. How good to know that when you are in difficulty, God doesn’t just send help; he is your help!

Verse 1 is literally translated: “God is for us, a refuge and protection.” This reminds us of Paul’s faith-building question in Romans 8:31, If God is for us, who can be against us?

The great reformer Martin Luther claimed Psalm 46 to be his psalm. It gave him the inspiration for his famous hymn, A Mighty Fortress is Our God, often called the battle hymn of the Reformation.

Luther’s trials were intense and frequent. In fact, the year 1527 was the most difficult of his life. After ten demanding years of leading the Reformation, he experienced frightening health issues and debilitating discouragement. He wrote: “I spent more than a week in death and hell. My entire body was in pain, and I still tremble.”

Furthermore, the dreaded black plague had entered Germany and spread to Wittenberg. While many people fled the area, Luther and wife Katy remained – believing it their duty to care for the sick and dying. Their home was turned into a hospital.

With death surrounding him on every side, Luther was driven to seek refuge in God as never before, especially when his one-year old son became desperately ill. Thus, Psalm 46 became the very strength of Martin Luther’s soul.

Well, whether in Luther’s 16th century or right here in our 21st century, all people face trials and crises in life. For believers, however, God is their comfort and salvation in the midst of their troubles, even when disasters shake their world (See Psalm 46:2-3).

Why not read and meditate on this great Psalm this week? It is sure to bring much confidence in God and encouragement to your heart.

I would also encourage you to find the words to A Mighty Fortress is Our God and ponder their majestic and thunderous proclamation that God is an all-sufficient refuge in our weakest moments.

For God’s Glory Alone,
Pastor Marc


 

 


 

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