Take your Bible if you will and open it to the book of Psalms, Psalms chapter forty-six. Stand as I read the Word of God in your hearing.
Read Psalm 46:1-11.
We face trouble from the moment we enter into this world. It is a simply fact of life. In this life you will have trouble (cf. Jn 16:33).
We can expect it - whether it is found in our family, in our job, in our school, in our world. It is just the way it is in life.
At times it can discourage your heart so much so that your courage fails - literally at times your hands become weak. You can easily loose all hope for this life.
But to left to yourself and left to the circumstances it is hopeless. But left to God, there is triumph in the midst of trials.
That is why this psalm does well to focus our attention upon God and not our troubles. Paul reminded the Colossians in Col 3:1-4 -
1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
As a compass points N, you ought to be pointing to the things of heaven. Think the thoughts of God. Think on the truths you know from Scripture. Let them guide you through life’s troubles.
You no longer live having no hope and without God…you have hope and you have God as a strong refuge despite life’s trials.
This psalm does well to point us to God.
God is our Strong Refuge (vv. 1-3) – (Selah)
God is our Satisfying River (vv. 4-7) – (Selah)
God is our Sovereign Ruler (vv. 8-11) – (Selah)
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah (ESV)
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