Refuge in a Scary World

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Psalm 46-48; Acts 28

46 God is our refuge and strength,
    a help always near in times of great trouble.
That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart,
    when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea,
    when its waters roar and rage,
    when the mountains shake because of its surging waves. Selah

There is a river whose streams gladden God’s city,
    the holiest dwelling of the Most High.
God is in that city. It will never crumble.
    God will help it when morning dawns.
Nations roar; kingdoms crumble.
    God utters his voice; the earth melts.
The Lord of heavenly forces is with us!
    The God of Jacob is our place of safety. Selah

Come, see the Lord’s deeds,
    what devastation he has imposed on the earth—
    bringing wars to an end in every corner of the world,
    breaking the bow and shattering the spear,
        burning chariots with fire.

10 “That’s enough! Now know that I am God!
    I am exalted among all nations; I am exalted throughout the world!”

11 The Lord of heavenly forces is with us!
    The God of Jacob is our place of safety. Selah (Psalm 46:1-11, Common English Bible)

The world can be a scary place. In my lifetime there have been wars in Vietnam, Grenada, Kosovo, Afghanistan (twice, once the Soviets and the US), Iraq (twice, both times the US), and numerous other skirmishes around the world. That doesn’t even county hostage crises, terrorist events, and more.

Then is there are the instances of crime in our world. Banks are robbed, cars are hijacked, lives are taken. When I think of these things, my mind also returns to last May when students and teachers were killed in a town I once called home.

Yes, the world is a scary place. At times, I wonder how we function. While I say that a bit tongue and cheek, I am pretty serious when I question how those who do not believe can function in such a scary world.

For we who believe, we know we can trust in the words of the psalmist in Psalm 46. “God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble. That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart, when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea, when its waters roar and rage, when the mountains shake because of its surging waves.”

“God is our refuge and strength, a great help in times of trouble…” I would find it difficult to find words greater than those of the psalmist. God is our help in times of trouble.

I am reminded of Isaac Watts great hymn, “O God Our Help in Ages Past.” Read Watts’ words”

Our God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

Thy Word commands our flesh to dust,
Return, ye sons of men:
All nations rose from earth at first,
And turn to earth again.

A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
With all their lives and cares,
Are carried downwards by the flood,
And lost in following years.

Time, like an ever rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

Like flowery fields the nations stand
Pleased with the morning light;
The flowers beneath the mower’s hand
Lie withering ere ‘tis night.

Our God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

God, our refuge, and strength. God, our help in ages past. God, or hope for years to come. We are blessed. What more could we ask?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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