God is our refuge ...
A refuge is where you go when you're in danger, or you're being chased. Or if you're in trouble. A place of refuge is somewhere that you feel safe and where you are sheltered. God is that refuge for us.
So when you're having a bad day, you can go to God. He never had bad days. There is a hiding place in Jehovah. When the enemy tests you are the best in the sheltering arms of Jesus.
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and strength ...
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). This much-quoted verse is often underestimated. There is a power source to be accessed when we tap into the resources of God through His Son Jesus.
Things that were once impossible become possible. Things that were once unbearable become bearable. Our faith is expanded and God uses us to accomplish a great work; All because we rely on His strength.
... a very present help in trouble.
It's funny when we're going through our problems and our trials it always seems like we're alone. But this is God's assurance that despite what we feel is right there with us. As the psalm says, God is our refuge. He's always there.
This psalm was written as a song or praise. Do you worship when you're in the middle of a test? Do you praise God? Or do you sometimes mumble and grumble your way through it?
I believe that the psalmist was making a point that was the perfect time to send up that sacrifice of praise. We're not giving God any honor because of what He can do for us.
Instead, we're glorifying Him because He's God. Who are we to complain about our circumstances? Can we change anything from our own strength? If it's raining when we want to go outside, can we make the rain stop? If we put all the alarm clocks in the world beside a corpse, will your din raise him?
We need to start to recognize that life is a gift. Being chastened by God is an honor. We have done nothing to earn life or health or anything in this world. Without the grace of God we can do nothing.
A good way of remembering these things is to praise God at all times. Praise him in the good times as well as the bad. He is our refuge and our strength at all times.
Personal Bible Study
Study Psalm 46. Take comfort in the fact that God is your refuge. What other assurances can be found in these verses?