“Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.” (Psalm 46:2-3)
How could anyone not be in distress when their world is falling apart? How could they not fear when the waters around them are churning with difficulty? It’s not reasonable to think that they could find peace when there seems to be nothing but pain. Would they not have to be a fool to have such an attitude? Or is it because they do not value life? Surely there must be something wrong with them if they cannot be afraid when there is danger all around them.
David was not a fool, nor did he not value life. Even as a boy the Bible describes him as someone full of courage and energy. Reading his Psalms we can see that he had a sweet disposition and a relationship with God that most of us would envy. So how could David say that trouble would not terrify him? Did David know something that we need to know?
Notice how he begins this Psalm – “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (vs. 1)
I won’t pretend to have all the answers. There is much about God and life that I still need to learn. But as I go through life, both as an individual, and as a pastor, I am beginning to see something. God doesn’t always protect us “from” trouble, but He has always promised His presence “in” our trouble. God never makes us strong enough to become self-sufficient but He promises to us a strength that is sufficient.God doesn’t always rescue us from the storm but He is always a refuge in the storm. You see, the promise of God is Himself.
“…though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof – we will not fear!” Why? Because in the midst of all of it God Himself will be our refuge and strength, our very present help in our time of trouble.