God is Our Refuge and Strength

Read Psalm 46.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (verse 1)

INTRODUCTION:

We have to remind ourselves of who our God is if we are to be strong in this time of crisis. (Daniel 11:32)

I. GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH (vv. 1-3)

He is our hiding place (Ps. 32:7; Ps. 91:4).
He is the source of our strength (Joshua 1:9).
He is our present help in times of trouble (Psalm 145:18).
Neither earthquakes nor storms can frighten us if he is with us (Mark 4:9).

II. GOD IS WITH US (vv. 4-5)

The Holy Spirit is in us to encourage us (John 7:38-39; 2 Tim. 1:7).
Help is sure to come. After darkness, light! (Micah 7:7, 8)
“If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31)

III. GOD IS IN CONTROL (vv. 6-9)

He is in control of nations (vv. 6-7).
He is in control of natural calamities (v. 8; Isa. 45:7).
He is in control of man-made calamities (v. 9).
Although we don’t know the reasons why God allows these things to happen, we know that he is in control and has a good outcome in mind (Rom. 8:28; Genesis 50:20).

CONCLUSION:

If we know who our God is, we can be at peace in the midst of trouble (John 14:27).
Sometimes, he allows troubles like this pandemic to come upon us so that we will remember him and realize that without him we are nothing.

CHALLENGE:

In this time of crisis, do you know God as your personal Lord and Savior? Do you know him as your refuge from sin and as your strength in facing life’s troubles?

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