Let's take a quick look at the first three verses (TM) of Psalm 46 (TM).
- Refuge - The place to go when the chips are down... It's the place of safety, our first choice.
- Strength - The engine for coping with anything that comes our way... The Lord is the primary resource on which we should draw.
- Very present - This is so cool... The NIV says "ever present," but I love the word "very" being there in the NKJV for emphasis, as in "is He there?" "Oh, He's very there." The Lord is always present with us, even when it feels like He's not.
- Help - God is able to help us in the here and now - I can offer the usual caveats here: help is not always what you wanted , not always what you hoped for, but God's help is in your best interest.
- In trouble - This is when the chips are down, when the going gets rough, when we feel overwhelmed.
- Therefore - Here comes the conclusion, based on all the preceding information...
- We will not fear - This is probably an ideal, the outcome that we shoot for, the reality we've been promised, but find difficult to achieve. Still, in the face of our difficulties, we owe it to ourselves to strive for this, to remind ourselves that because of all these things - God is our refuge - God is our strength - He is here in the midst of our crisis - we are not left with fear as our only option. There is a path out of the crush of this flood of adrenaline, this pervasive cloud of anxiety.
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