TLIC Psalms. April 6. A Very Present Help.

Read Psalm 46:1-5. 1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. 4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.

In defiance the psalmist is almost daring the world to take its best shot at him. Whatever apocalyptic end the creation has in store, earthquakes, crumbling mountains, swelling seas, he knows God is his refuge, his very present help.

God IS, not just God will be, or God has been. God is, right now, whatever your trouble, your very present help.  

Is the ground giving way under your feet? Are your mountains trembling? Your seas swelling? If so, then make your way into the city of God. The same city that John will call the Bride of Christ. The New Jerusalem. The holy habitation of the Most High. The temple of the living God. Made glad by the living streams of Christ’s love flowing through us by his Spirit. Find refuge and strength there among the body of Christ. See God in the midst of his invincible church. The church he rescued when morning dawned on that resurrection Sunday. When God’s Help arose from the grave and reversed the curse forever.

Now when the earth gives way it will be to make room for the New Earth, the dwelling of God with man, the re-genesis of all things.  

To live is Christ means that when you are in him even the worst thing imaginable can’t destroy you. Your curse is reversed. When things fall away we can trust that God is making room for something new and better.

Prayer. Jesus, your hope for the future is my present help. Even though I feel besieged in your city, fill me today with the gladness of your living water. Bring your morning help to my heart today. Amen.


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