Psalm 46:1- 3 God is our refuge and strength, a very ready help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth shakes and the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.
Well, it may sound like a gross understatement, but we too are familiar with trouble, aren’t we? We have definitely been through earth shattering and water roaring all around us! But, the Psalmist insists that we will not fear!
How can we not be afraid?
Over a 150 years ago, Stephen Foster wrote: “Tis the song, the sigh of the weary. Hard times, hard times, come again no more. Many days you have lingered around my cabin door. Oh, hard times, come again no more!”
Because of hard times, how can we not be afraid?
Let us now read the next lines of that Psalm.
Psalm 46:4-5 There is a river whose streams make the city of God happy, the holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
In the first verses, turmoil and darkness are everywhere! In the next lines, we find peace and calm and light! God is present. We are stable and secure. We will not fear!
Bruce Henderson is minister at Airport Road Church of Christ, visit www.carsoncitychurchofchrist.com.