Issue #625 ~August 17, 2020

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Our Great Protector
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."
Psalm 46:1

"Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,"
Psalm 46:2

"though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah"
Psalm 46:3

Verse 1: "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."

God is the great protector of His people.

In 2 Kings 19 as Sennacherib comes against Jerusalem, King Hezekiah prays and seeks God's deliverance for him. We read in 2 Kings 19:35 - 36: "That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning - there were all the dead bodies! So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there" (NIV).

Isaiah 54:17: "'no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,' declares the Lord" (NIV).

"God is our refuge," therefore He is a place providing protection or shelter; a source of help, relief, or comfort in times of trouble.

He is: (1) "our refuge" - so we have a place to hide; (2) "our...strength" - so we have the help; and (3) "an ever-present help in trouble."

Isaiah 43:2: "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze" (NIV).

A very present help!

Isaiah 41:10: "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (NIV).

Verse 2: "Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,"

The word "Therefore" points back to verse 1: "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." Because He is these things to us: "we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea."

A. W. Tozer said: "How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none." (The Pursuit of God)

Verse 3: "though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah"

The Psalmist in his descriptions here sounds almost like being an eyewitness to the tribulation period. Revelation 9:6: "And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; and they will long to die and death flees from them" (NASB).

For many years I have carried in my devotional material, a picture of Jesus on the stormy seas with a young man standing at the wheel. Jesus is pointing the way. I have inscribed these words underneath that picture: "And now I have a Captain, He'll guide I know He will, I've given Jesus full command, Since He said 'Peace be still,' He whispered 'Peace be still to me,' My heart obeyed His will, His word made calm the rolling sea, When He said, 'Peace be still.'"

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Pray: "May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge."
Ruth 2:12 (NASB)
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2.  Pray: Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah Psalm 62:8 (NASB)
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3.  Praise: The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him. Nahum 1:7 (NASB)
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4.  Praise: ...in order that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us. Hebrews 6:18 (NASB)
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5.  Pray: That in these difficult times, we will trust God and stay close to Him in prayer.
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I feel like worshiping and singing that great hymn of the church "How Firm a Foundation":
When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply:
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no, never, no, never forsake!
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

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