One of the most comforting verses in Scripture is the declaration that God is an ever present help. He is with us in the middle of all life’s problems. God is there, by our side, in any and every situation. He is our safe place, our strength and security. Help is a cry from the heart and when we come to the end of ourselves, and call out, God is there. Because He has promised that He is our intervention, our assistance, and all that we need.
God Is Our Refuge And Strength Verse
The first of our winter storms hit last week. They usually start in October and go through to March, but this one came early. Fortunately, there was a weather warning. Everyone retreated indoors and made sure everything was put away, or tied down, as the storm approached.
There is a feeling of peace when we are safe in the middle of a storm. It can rage and do its worst, but we are protected. In faith, we can know that peace and security all the time. There is a verse of Scripture in the psalms that so many people draw comfort from. It is a confident declaration that God is our refuge and strength.
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“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” NIVPsalm 46:1-3
Through life-changing circumstances and in the middle of overwhelming trouble we need not be afraid. But, if we do feel afraid, and so often we do as our feelings overwhelm us, there is encouragement. The words of this psalm focus on the might and authority of God, but also, on His never-ending grace.
We can express our fears to God, because He knows and understands our weakness. God loves us and has compassion for us. When we trust in Him, that He is with us, He will strengthen us.
The Meaning of God Is My Refuge
Most of us, thankfully, have never had to seek a refuge to escape danger. But unfortunately, some will have that experience of having to flee from a storm, or flood, or violence, or abuse, or even war. To find a refuge is to find a place of safety free from physical, emotional, or spiritual harm. A place to hide, to rest, and regain our strength.
When we can say that God is my refuge, we are declaring that we know He is our security. This feeling of being safe, of knowing the peace of God brings a quiet inner strength. This is not self-confidence but godly confidence, not because of our circumstances, but despite our circumstances.
We can make these words of Scripture our own declaration of faith, and say, God is my refuge, He is my safe place, and He is my strength in every situation.
Ever Present Help In Trouble
The Passion Translation describes God’s ever-present help in a slightly different way, that He is a proven help. This comes from our knowledge and understanding of God’s help to His people revealed in Scripture. What God has done for others in the past is inspiring for today.
But it also comes from living through life’s storms depending on God. It is through tough times, through difficulties, that we grow and mature in faith. It is there, in the middle of a storm, that we come to know God’s ever-present help by our own personal experience.
“God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble – more than enough and always available whenever I need you.” Psalm 46:1 TPT
It is the ‘knowing’ by experience that changes everything. When we turn to God in prayer and receive His help with whatever life throws at us. Whether it is fear, or loss, or regret, or disappointment. Then we begin to know that God is our strength, our shelter, and our place of safety. He becomes our proven help, more than enough, and always available.
My Very Present Help In Time Of Need
Scripture teaches that God is Omnipresent, meaning that He is everywhere. There is no place to which His knowledge and power do not extend. This is expressed throughout Scripture but most poetically in the psalms. These are songs and poems that reveal personal relationship. God is not remote, He is our Heavenly Father watching over us, and ever with us.
There is nowhere that we can go to hide from God’s presence. He watches over His people, at all times, wherever they are, and He is always alert. There is an assurance in the omnipresence of God, when we know His love, His grace and mercy. We find peace in the knowledge that at all times, wherever we are, whatever we are going through, God’s presence is always with us.
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God Is Our Helper in Time of Need
God is our helper in time of need, is such a powerful truth. So often we only turn to God and seek Him in our times of need. When a problem seems too big, or too difficult, and beyond what we can deal with. It is then that we reach out and ask for help.
Help is a cry from the heart when we recognize that we need assistance! There are so many times when we struggle on rather than asking for help. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want pride to be a stumbling block. Rather I want to release and let go of my problems and give them completely to God.
The truth is when we stop trying to fix everything and everybody ourselves, then we give God space to move. This is such a safe place to be, resting in the peace of God. This is where we learn to trust in Him through all of life’s difficulties, as we wait to see what God will do…