Monday, July 28, 2008

Refuge and Strength

July 28: 2 Kings 18:9-19:37, Psalm 46, Psalm 80 & Psalm 135

1 God is our refuge and strength,
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

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “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 of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Psalm 46

Refuge and Strength

As we return to 2 Kings in today's reading we again read of the account of the Assyrian army approaching Judah when Hezekiah was king. The passage is almost a word for word duplicate of the account found in Isaiah 36. Appropriately, the Psalms included with the 2 Kings passage remind us that the Lord, who is our Fortress, endures forever, and calls us to return to Him when we have gone astray.

Just think, Hezekiah may have comforted himself with the words of Psalm 46, which is one of the most well-loved Psalms in the Bible. What a beautiful reminder that God is always with us even in times of trouble. As a matter of fact, even if the earth gave way and the mountains were moved into the heart of the sea, He would be there to keep us safe.

As you contemplate our current world situation with nations raging against nations, just meditate on these words.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns
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God calls His children to behold Him. We are often quick to run to the Lord with our needs, which is as it should be, but how many times do we just prostrate ourself before God and just listen? How many times do we find a quiet place to just sit and ponder our glorious God?

10 “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 of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress
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Two times, the Psalmist repeats those last 2 lines in Psalm 46. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Do you believe that? Is the Lord of hosts your refuge and strength in times of trouble?

Christian, this is our God! Pray today that you will live in the comforting knowledge that God, the Lord of hosts is right there beside you every moment of this day.

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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