Do you want to join me in meditating today on one of my favorite Psalms? I need this today, and maybe some of you do, too.
I’m not going to say a lot about each grouping of verses, but instead I’m asking you to consider some things as we pause to focus on a few words.
Through taking a long, slow look at this chapter, it can lead us to a heart-felt worship of God. Please add your thoughts in the comment section below, so we can experience together God at work in this passage!
In the early morning hours, before I even open my eyes, this prayer from Psalm 46 is often on my lips:
God is our refuge and strength,A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah (Ps. 46:1–3)
I love the first word of this Psalm. Who does the Psalmist direct our attention to, before we walk through the challenges he describes?
Define refuge, use a dictionary if you need to, but define what a “refuge” would look like, or be, for you. And then ask Him, to be your place of refuge.
What is going on in your life right now and how do you need God’s protection?
Do you feel weak today? How does this Psalm address your need?
Are you struggling under a heavy load?
How have you seen God be your strength in the past? Can you depend on Him? Have you found Him faithful as a source of strength?
What is a “present” help? What is significant about God using this word when trouble surrounds you?
Who does this passage point to as your true and trustworthy source of help?
What is troubling you today? Have you taken that to Him and asked Him to be your present help in tangible and specific ways?
Have things in your life been shaken up a bit?
Have you experienced a few personal earthquakes recently?
Where is God when the earth shakes and mountains slip into the sea?
Do externals escape His notice? Are the collapsing mountains beyond His ability to bring stability into your life?
Ever feel like you’re drowning?
Where is God when you feel as though the roaring waves are about to take you under? When you feel as though He’s not there and doesn’t care? Where is He?
Who or what are you looking to today to serve as your refuge, help, and strength?
Has this mountain-melting God ever failed you? Have you found Him to be the Rock of safety when the waters are over your head? Has He provided you with the solid ground you need? Recount those times, and pause to thank Him for how you’ve seen Him be your place of safety in the past.
I encourage you to take the first verse of this passage and tuck them in your heart today. Mull it over, memorize it, carry it with you throughout the day, consider its implications in light of what is going on in your life. Pray this passage back to the Lord and insert the specific “mountains” that are quaking in your life today. Cry out to God for help and praise Him for being your refuge and strength.
I hope you’ll share your heart below and let us know if there is any way we can pray for you!