Sermon on Psalm 46: My Refuge and Strength is in the Lord

 My Refuge and Strength is in the Lord

  • God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 NVI

Comfort and strength in the words of Psalm 46, a timeless declaration of God's unwavering presence and protection in our lives. In times of trouble and uncertainty, we can be assured that our refuge and strength are found in the Lord. 

This psalm was written at a time when the future was uncertain and peoplefaced much worry in the world around them. They too felt anxiety and concernand wondered where God was. 

This Psalm makes it clear that at times life willbe hard and we can’t always avoid difficult things. It uses several strongmetaphors/picture language and similes for this such as the earth shaking or theseas roaring. However, Christians believe that God is always with us whateverlife throws at us. And here the Psalm uses a simile of God being like a fortress

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I. God, Our Refuge and Strength (Psalm 46:1)

The opening verse of Psalm 46 proclaims a powerful truth: "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." This verse reminds us that in the midst of life's storms, we can find shelter and strength in the arms of our Heavenly Father. God is not a distant or absent deity; He is our ever-present help.

  • Psalm 59:16-17 God is a stronghold of protection.
  • Psalm 61:1-4 God’s protection gives confidence.
  • Psalm 62:1-2; 5-8 God is a refuge from oppression
  • Psalm 71:1-7 Prayer of those who seek God’s protection.
  • Psalm 91: 1-4 Security of the one who trust in God.
  • Psalm 94:22 “But the LORD has been my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge”.

II. The Unshakable Presence of God (Psalm 46:1)

The words "ever-present" carry a profound message. They assure us that God's presence is not conditional or fleeting. No matter how turbulent our circumstances may be, God remains unshaken and steadfast. His presence is our constant anchor in the shifting tides of life.

What brings peace?

  • Guarantee of salvation. (1 John 5:16).
  • Guarantee of the presence of God. (Matthew 28:19-20).
  • Guarantee of God's faithfulness. (2 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

III. God’s Promise to Be with Us (Psalm 46:2-3)

Psalm 46:2-3 vividly describes a world in turmoil—mountains trembling, waters roaring, and the earth quaking. Yet, even in the face of such chaos, there is a promise of divine protection. God assures us that He is with us, and though the world may change, His faithfulness remains unwavering.

  • God wants us to trust Him (Proverbs 3:5 Joshua 1:9 Psalm 112:7 Romans 8:28 Exodus 34:23-24).
  • When we don't trust God, we disobey Him (Leviticus 25:20-22 Proverbs 14:12).
  • When we disobey God, we suffer (Leviticus 26:33; 2 Chronicles 36:21).
  • God's commandments are not burdensome (1 John 5:3 Hebrews 12:3-11).
  • Whether we obey or disobey, God's Word does not change (Leviticus 26:34-35).

IV. Security in Times of Crisis (Psalm 46:2-3)

In times of crisis, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and uncertain. But this Psalm reminds us that we have a secure foundation in God. Just as a city with strong walls provides safety to its inhabitants, so does our trust in God grant us security, even in the most challenging moments.

  • What He is like: His character. He is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, full of
  • love. Ps. 103:8.What He has done for us. He has blessed us... with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Eph.1:3.
  • What He is doing for us. He gives us rest. Heb. 4:9.
  • What He will do for us. He will resurrect us with Jesus. 2 Cor. 4:14.
  • How we should relate to Him. Love Him with all our heart, soul and mind. Matt. 2:37.

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V. The Source of Spiritual Joy (Psalm 46:4)

Verse 4 offers a beautiful image of a river that makes glad the city of God. In the same way, the presence of God brings joy and refreshment to our souls. It's a reminder that our faith is not merely a source of refuge but also a wellspring of spiritual joy.

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As we reflect on Psalm 46, let us take these truths to heart. In a world filled with uncertainties and trials, we can find solace in knowing that our refuge and strength are found in the Lord. His unshakable presence, His promise to be with us, and the security He provides are the bedrock of our faith. May we continually draw from the well of His presence, finding joy and strength in Him, no matter what challenges we face.

Let us live our lives as a testament to the unchanging faithfulness of our God, who is, and always will be, our refuge and strength.

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