God is a refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Ps 46:1, emphasis added)
God is our refuge. (Ps 9:9; 28:8; 46:7; 62:7) A refuge is a safe shelter or hiding place.
He is also our strength. (Ex 15:2; Num 23:22; 1 Chron 29:12; Ps 18:1-2, 32, 39; 19:14) God wants us to depend upon His strength and not our own. Our needs, weakness, and lack showcase God’s power. They reveal to us that we need God.
He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. (Isa 40:29) It’s important to remember that as we proceed through tough times, heartaches, and challenges, God is always with us and He is always working on our behalf.
What is a “very present help”? It is an instant, immediate, and on-the-spot manifestation of God’s presence!
Did you know that when the Bible speaks of “helper” or “help,” it is almost always talking about the Lord? This was a huge revelation to me! If you check out these Bible verses, you’ll see that God’s idea of “helper/help” is exceedingly different from ours.
- Exodus 18:4
- Deuteronomy 33:7, 26, 29
- Psalms 33:20; 70:5; 115:9-11; 121:1-2; 124:8; 146:5
- Hosea 13:9
- Hebrews 13:6
The Word of God is our authority on the subject that God is our help! (Ps 46:1)
“With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” (2 Chron 32:8)
You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God. (Ps 40:17) Thank You, Lord, for being my help in all situations, circumstances, and times!