Strength in the midst of It All by Tony Nester

Strength in the midst of It All
Tony Nester
Psalm 46


For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth. A song.

1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, ''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 Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

New International Version (NIV)

I wish I could tell you that I fully believe Psalm 46, but I can't. I'd like to be able say that I never doubt God's presence and help, but that wouldn't be the truth about me.

''God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.'' Really? Always? No matter how bad things get? Haven't you ever cried out, ''God, where are you?'' Where's your help?'' ''Why aren't you here?'' ''Do something!''

Can we honestly say: ''We will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.'' Have you witnessed a tsunami, an earthquake, a tornado and felt no fear? Truly?

And what happens when an earthquake up ends your personal life? How do you bear up when your family is threatened, o ...


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