A Place to Rest Your Head When Your World is Falling Apart
We all need a place of refuge, a shelter from the storms. If you’re feeling extra weighted by the uncertainties of life or troubled by the worries around you today, we’d like to draw your eyes to Psalm 46. The picture painted by this psalm is one of peace and assurance in the midst of chaos and confusion. It actually inspired the great reformer Martin Luther to pen his hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” You’ll find it bids weary, troubled hearts a warm and inviting welcome.
YOUR REFUGE & STRENGTH
Behold, the glorious opening words:
“God is our refuge and strength…” (Psalm 46:1a)
It could just read “God is our strength” and that would be exceedingly good to us, who doesn’t want or need His strength? Yet, He offers us even more than that—He’s also our refuge. He is the one we may flee to, He’s the safety, He’s the shelter where we can rest from the weighty storms of life that beat their heavy rains against us and wear us down. He is the place of trust where we can get the sweetest sleep we’ve ever imagined. When your world is falling apart, do you really see God as your refuge, the safe place to rest your tired head? Do you feel you can flee to Him for safety and strength? He gives that too—He’s our source of strength and courage and ability.
The psalm continues,
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
Consider the nearness expressed by the psalmist in those words. He’s not just our help, He is the “very present” help we need in the midst of our troubles. We’ve all had people desert us during tough times, but not the Lord, here He is, your “very present help.” Are you encountering trouble? You can count on Him for help!
YOUR CONFIDENCE & COMFORT
This kind of comfort drew the psalmist to a wonderful realization:
“Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah." (Psalm 46:2-3)
Knowing we can flee into the Lord’s everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27) and that He gives us strength and help, provides us with a blessed confidence in the face of trouble. For whom/what shall we fear? (Psalm 27:1)
Verses 4-7 wonderfully contrast the chaos of a world in uproar with the peace and safety experienced by those seeking refuge in the Lord's presence:
"There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah." (Psalm 46:4-7)
Though enemies rage around us in this world, He is our peace.
YOUR HOPE & REST
"Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has wrought desolations in the earth. He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots with fire. 'Cease striving 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 stronghold. Selah." (Psalm 46:8-11)
In the face of disaster, we are not told to fret or work harder, but to count on God and who He is. We can have peace and rest because God will accomplish His plan and bring about His Glory, forever—this is a promise and this is our hope. Weary, worried Christian, let this give you rest.
Read through Psalm 46 & Psalm 27 on your own today. What is God like according to these Psalms? Make a list of all the promises made about God in these chapters.