Short daily devotionals for the socially distanced. These are thoughts from my daily time in the word. I use a bible reading plan that will have me in a different section of Scripture every day.
I hope they serve to give you courage and hope. You can subscribe to receive them as a daily email at the bottom of the page.
Sunday, April 19th
Reading: Psalms 43-47
1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
— Ps 46:1–3 (ESV)
What does your mind run to when there is trouble about? Many of us love to play out various scenarios and eventualities and as we do so the size and scope of our travails get bigger and more fearful, and our anxiety increases. It can end up feeling like the earth beneath us is giving way and there doesn’t seem to be any way out. We can get stuck in loops of our dread, loops that we made, and that we allowed other input to feed.
The Psalmist doesn’t start that way when faced with trouble. He starts abruptly with…
I love the certainty of that. He takes the certainty of God’s character to the difficult circumstances of the people and instead of those problems growing, they shrink. Why?
God is our refuge and our strength. He is the one we can run to in order to find shelter and he is the one who fights for his people to keep our attackers at bay. God is a very present help. What a thought! He is very present, right here, available and loving.
Later on this Psalm, God speaks and he says to restless human hearts, 10 “Be still, and know that I am God.” (v10a)
Do you know who God is? You can run to him.
Courage, dear friends.