“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. Though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging, SelahPs. 46:1-3 (NIV)
This psalm, credited to the sons of Korah, speaks to my heart. I love the words used here.
“God is our refuge and strength” As we go through life, we have times of stress, uncertainty, and fear. During these times, we learn how God is always with us—no matter the issue.
“an ever-present help in trouble” The writers here don’t specify any situation over another. God always watches over us, even when we happen to be in a circumstance of our own making.
“Therefore we will not fear” Because God protects us, we can exercise our faith. I have read that faith is the antidote for fear. Some of our fears stem from what we know can happen in our 21st Century world. Other fears come to us because of something that happened to us while we were young. We have to ask God to protect us as fearful circumstances enter our lives.
“though the earth give way” About 30 years ago, our family vacationed in Colorado. One of our first stops in the Rocky Mountains was as a small café. As I sat there waiting for our orders, a large sign on a wall caught my attention. Its message told those who entered that this location was in an avalanche area. I felt on edge for a minute but I do not remember if I said anything to Hubby or to our (then teenage) son.
“the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” I do not like disaster movies but I have seen a few. In life, we have many traumatic events that cause havoc for us—until we request God’s guidance through them.
“Though its waters roar and foam” The writers identify another type of calamity people face in our lives—flooding. Some people do not seem to get a break from serious problems—personal or familial. Others have prolonged times of adversity. As I said recently, I have friends who have several family members who are going through struggles. The son-in-law of one of those friends had a very rough day recently.
“the mountains quake with their surging,” When traumas enter our lives, our bodies and souls can react to them. We become more susceptible to illness, we find ourselves anxious, or we react very vocally to those around us.
Nevertheless, God is there for us; all we have to do is call out to Him and seek His help. Sometimes, we forget that He is there for us and we make things harder on ourselves. We have to remember that He is in control and rely on Him to guide us through those rough days.