So I woke up this morning still sick! And as I lay there in bed feeling tired and nauseous, the dog threw up. How discouraging!
Fear and dread are like huge lumps in my throat. But this awesome Psalm that encourages my soul.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of distress.
Refuge-– a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble. This word can also mean hope. With God, there is always a place to be SAFE. The situation is never hopeless.
Ever present — literally found. There was no helper found for Adam. The dove found no place to rest after the flood. But God is ALWAYS to be found, always ready to HELP!
Therefore we will not be frightened when the earth roars, when the mountains shake in the depths of the seas,
No matter what is going on around us, there is NO NEED to fear! This is a theme in Psalms.
- Though we walk through the valley of death we will not fear. (Ps 23)
- The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? Though an army beseige me, my heart will not fear. Ps 27
- The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? Ps 118
And I love how Hebrews puts it, “So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Heb 13:6
Look! There is a river whose streams make the city of God rejoice, even the Holy Place of the Most High.
There is a source of unending joy in Christ. “whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst..” John 4:14 “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:38
This reflects prophesies in Isaiah:
- Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. Is 35:6
- The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Is 58:11
Since God is in her midst, she will not be shaken. God will help her at the break of dawn.
God is in her midst: The city of Jerusalem could say that God was with them, in their very city. He wasn’t just a casual observer or a some time helper. The same is true for us. Only now, God is INSIDE of us. He is involved. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.. . . On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” John 14:18
Not shaken: not moved, not deviate from the right course, not falter or slip. I WILL NOT FAIL, not with God as an integral part of me.
Help her at the break of day: appear, cast out. God will be like light casting out the darkness. Just when things seem at their worst, God WILL come and the troubles will go away. He has never been absent or uninvolved. He will help at just the right time.
Today, God IS with me. I cannot fear. I cannot dread. The day WILL go as it should, and I must stand firm IN God, even as my physical self feels shaky, joyful in Him as He is joyful in me. Things will work out, even when it seems like they will not.