God is Our Refuge and Strength

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Psalm 46:1-11

 

God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

 

Therefore we will not fear,

Even though the earth be removed,

And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

 

Though its waters roar and be troubled,

Though the mountains shake with its swelling.

Selah

 

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,

The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.

 

God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;

God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

 

The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;

He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

 

The LORD of hosts is with us;

The God of Jacob is our refuge.

 

Come, behold the works of the LORD,

Who has made desolations in the earth.

 

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;

He burns the chariot in the fire.

 

Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth!

 

The LORD of hosts is with us;

The God of Jacob is our refuge.

 

~~~~~~~

 

Recently, my husband and I enjoyed a very special outing…because he’d grown strong enough after his cancer surgery and subsequent stroke that I could

actually take him for a much-anticipated drive! 

It was wonderful! 

We wound along a favourite parkway…under towering trees….taking in the views

….and savoured a lovely picnic together!

 It was the outing we’d been looking forward to from the time

he was first hospitalized back in July.

 

Sweetness!

 

And on our little adventure we passed this charming scene…

…the remnants of an old wall, the vestiges of a building from hundreds of years ago, which has witnessed much history. 

At one time, this wall would have been an integral part of a building that provided shelter or refuge from many storms and winds, and very real battles and dangers!

But today? 

It cannot provide much by way of refuge now…its strength is almost gone…

…only its charm remains.

 

But unlike a physical wall which crumbles and decays…even one crafted from rock….God alone is the One true refuge—the very One that we may run to in any storm, any battle–for safety and protection…for comfort and compassion…

…for help and hope…

when it seems life is just too hard…too heavy…too dangerous…or too uncertain!

 

God is very present–meaning He is close by–we just need to chose to reach out for Him! 

And He says, “Be still, and know that I am God”!

 

I guess the question for us is…do we want His refuge?

How, how could we not?!

 

 

Thinking of you in your life-struggles…

…and praying for you!

 

Hugs!

Lisa

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