46 God is our refuge and strength,(Psalm 46:1-3, English Standard Version)
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
As promised, we’ll spend a few days unpacking God’s truths found in Psalm 46.
The earth giving way?
The mountains moving?
The water roaring and foaming?
The mountains trembling?
Sounds like our world today, doesn’t it?
Where was the psalmists’ focus?
On God, and not on their circumstances (verse 1).
Also, notice that the psalmists see God’s “very present help” in their situation.
God is not a “has been”, seeing His hand in the past, but wondering where He is today.
God is not a future hope or a “will be” dream that might show up.
The psalmists experience God, right in their midst, even in the darkest days of their struggles, when it seems like and feels like their world, even the very ground they walk on, is being torn apart.
And that same God of the ancient psalmists is present and active today for you and me, offering hope and salvation to all who call upon Him.
The writer of the letter to the Hebrews calls Jesus the “sure and steady anchor” of our whole being, even our very souls, the deepest part of who we are (Hebrews 6:19).
What is getting in the way of you focusing on Jesus during these difficult days?
What would your life be like if you were freed to focus on Him in this Lenten season?
May you and I surrender to Jesus everything and everyone that we allow to get in the way of our view of and trust in Him.