Psalm 46:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
God the Refuge of His People and Conqueror of the Nations
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song for Alamoth.
1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
Trouble! Do you ever have it? Most, at times, do.
--It may be you are going through some just now.
--Know that "God is our refuge and strength."
--He is "A very present help in trouble" Call on Him.
--"Cast your burden on the Lord, He shall sustain you. He shall never permit the righteous to be moved" we are told in Psalm 55:22.
--Jesus said, "Let not your heart be troubled ..."
--When troubles come, give your trouble to God.
No life is all sunshine. Not even the Lord Jesus.
--He faced what we face in faith - even a cross.
--He triumphed over all our troubles - Jesus arose!
--In His resurrection power, in us, we may overcome.
--When adversity comes, draw nearer to God!
--He can make us better. The world makes us bitter.
Carolina Berg had a lot of illness growing up.
--She read a lot in her father's church study.
--He was Pastor in Froderyd, Sweden, serving others.
--She went with her father on a short boat trip.
--On the deck, the ship lurched, he fell in, drowned.
--It was her greatest heartache; but Jesus was there.
She was already a writer of poetry and hymns.
--Without her father, she turned more to the Lord God.
--Wrote over 650 hymns. This, after her dad's death.
"Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here.
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry, or for fear.
He whose heart is kind, beyond all measure,
Gives unto each day, what He deems best,
Lovingly, its part of pain, or pleasure,>
Mingling toil with peace and rest. . .
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E'er to take as from a Father's hand;
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land." C.S. Berg
So great to know the Lord. Have His presence in us.
--She knew God allows no trial more than we can bear.
It is well to remember that God is sovereign.
--All-loving. All-wise. Almighty. "Able to do ..."
--God never asks anyone for counsel.
--And ready to give wisdom and blessing, if we ask.
--Also, "God is our refuge and strength.. in trouble."
--He feels our pains. Heartaches. Sorrows. Hurts.
We may not always understand the way God leads.
--But God knows best. Troubles are not to punish.
--Those He allows us are meant rather to perfect.
--To perfect. Purify. To draw us closer to Himself.
Even in our tears, there is a ministry in our tears.
--They can be a blessing. Tears evoke compassion.
--They wash away, a lot of life's past, and clutter.
--Like baptism, tears bring cleansing; a new start.
--Remember, Jesus wept. He wept at Lazarus' death.
--Jesus "wept over Jerusalem," at their unbelief.
Many saints became saints through tears of repentance.
--I think of Mary and Martha, when Lazarus died.
--They wept, of course. Tears took them near to Jesus.
--Gave them heavenly peace, as Jesus spoke to them.
--Jesus said, "In the world you will have tribulation"
--He added, "Be of good cheer, I have overcome!"
--Overcome what? "Overcome the world" of troubles!
--And our world of tears, and testings; to comfort us.
Remember back a popular song of Simon and Garfunkel? "When darkness comes, and pain is all around, Like a bridge over troubled waters, I will lay me down. I will lay me down."
--Jesus is that Bridge, over our troubled waters.
--That's right. "He laid down His life for us."
--Laid it down on a cross. Suffered for our sin. Us.
--He arose from a grave. Defeats the devil and death.
--He is "ever interceding, at the throne, pleading."
--For you and me, to have victory, in Jesus.
It is by being "in" Him; "Christ in you; you in Him."
--In travel, we must get in the car, bus, or plane.
--Jesus said, "You believe in God; believe in Me."
--Being "Born again" in faith, in Christ, to save us.
--That's the key to the Spirit's power in you and me.
In our kind of world we must learn to face difficulty.
--Trouble comes, like a 9/11/01, a crash or illness.
--We may not always understand why. Why this?
--Why me? Or why that one? But God understands!
--God has His grace. We know He loves us all.
--If we are "born again" in Christ, we are His child.
--He is going to care for us, better than any of us.
We don't need to understand it all. Just trust God.
--We don't understand electricity, or the internet.
--We just accept it, and enjoy its benefits.
John Wesley said, "Bring me a worm that comprehends a man, and I'll show you a man who can comprehend God."
--We cannot fully comprehend - but enough to follow.
--For His faithful ones, God will not fail or forget.
Nor, my friend, can we escape all tribulations.
It is useless to try to drown troubles in drink.
--Or try to lose them in drugs, or something foolish.
--That only increases . . multiplies them.
We live in a world where not all are saved, or good.
--Not all are loving, caring, kind, and peaceable.
--Nor do all have an understanding heart of our needs.
--But Jesus does. "Let not your heart be troubled."
--Take your heartaches to the Lord in prayer.
God says, "Call on Me in the day of trouble" (Psa. 50).
--He says, "I will be with you in trouble" (Psa 91:15).
--What better invitation - to have heaven's help!
The Lord loves you. He "cares for you." Each one.
--We can come to Him. Call on Him.
--"He is touched with .. our infirmities."
--"In all (our) affliction He is afflicted" (Isa 63:9).
As we hurt when our children hurt, so does our Lord.
--God knows all you and I go through; He's with us.
--Read the life story of Job's suffering. God knew.
--He was testing Job, for his patience, and faith.
--Like car makers prove, and improve, their cars.
--In the end, Job was wonderfully blessed! So will we.
In the life of Job we see not all trouble is from sin.
--Not from any sin of Job. But to prove Job's faith!
--To show Satan that trusting a Living God works!
Or take the man born blind, they brought to Jesus.
--Asked, "Who did sin, this man or his parents that he was born blind?" (John 9:30). Neither was a cause!
--They thought such things was due to someone's sin.
--Not this man - "born blind!" - had done no sin yet.
--Jesus said, "This blindness was not because of this man's sin, nor his parents; but for the glory of God.
That the works of God should be revealed in him."
--Some suffering is for God's glory. He healed him.
Why troubles? Why do the godly suffer? Consider this.
--As a test of character. To show our true faith.
--As a means of discipline. To polish and perfect us.
--As an incentive to prayer. No trouble, less prayer.
--As a school of faith. Adversity is a great teacher.
--To bring us closer to God. It did for Job. Others.
--And sometimes, because of our transgression, faults.
Testings and trials will come. How do we face them?
--Friend, we make decisions, and our decisions make us.
--Put your trust, always, in the Lord Who loves you.
--Know the Lord, and follow His leading.
--Let God work in you His plan and purpose for good.
--Always include in your prayers, "Thy will be done."
A godly Seminary Professor fled Communist Russia.
--Told of all his sufferings, trials, and hardships.
--His struggles getting to America. It wasn't easy.
--Here he found Christ! Freedom. Opportunities.
--An education. A wife and family. All by his faith!
--Joyfully tells all the trials were worth it all!
Life is a journey. Often a lonely difficult path.
--Let the Lord Jesus walk with you. You with others.
--Make Him "a very present help in trouble" each day.
--As we do, "we will not fear .. God is in our midst."
--Puts joy in our heart, with a "blessed assurance."
--A smile and song on our lips. A helping hand to all.
--There is no better Savior. And no better life.
--Let it be yours!
Dr. Wilbert D. Gough, ThD., DD. 849