Truth for the Times

Daily Devotions With Calvary Vista Pastors

Good morning friends,

When I woke up this morning, Psalm 46 was on my heart, that verse where the Psalmist declares:

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear,”

Isn’t that Awesome?!  He is a very present help, God is here, He is with us.  He is present in our trial.  He is a present help in time of trouble.

Webster’s dictionary defines a refuge as a shelter or protection from danger or distress.

I love these insights from my friend Pastor David Guzik:

God is our refuge and strength: Many of the other psalms begin with a description of the Psalmist’s crisis. In Psalm 46, the poet begins with God’s provision. He looked to God for help in difficult times and found it. He could say these things by experience:

  • That God Himself was a place ofrefuge, as the cities of refuge protected the fugitive in Israel.
  • That God Himself wasstrength for His people, being strong for them and in them.
  • That God alone was hisrefuge and strength, not God and something or someone else.
  • That God Himself was theirhelp – not from a distance, but a very present help.

“Therefore we will not fear.”  The Psalmist is applying the logic of faith.  If God is a real refuge, strength, and help to His people, then there is no logical reason to fear, even in the biggest crisis imaginable such as the earth being removed.

The crisis we are going through right now is not even close to the end of the world, but this is what I gather from this passage, that no matter how bad times might get we don’t need to fear!  Because we have in the Lord a refuge, a source of strength, a very present help in time of trouble.

I love the words of one of my favorite pastors of old, G. Campbell Morgan, about the Lord being a very present help.  Morgan said:  “The secret of the confidence is the consciousness of the nearness of God.”

Church, what are you being conscious of right now? That is why I believe that Isaiah 26:3 is so pertinent, especially during this time:

“You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.

Trust in the Lord forever,

For in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength”

Church, I want to encourage you to keep your mind stayed, focused, on the Lord at this time.

Don’t spend all day watching the news, or listening to the radio.  Turn that stuff off and get into the Word.  Use this time to memorize scripture.  Slow down, rest and allow your heart to be renewed in the Lord.

The Psalmist goes on to say in Psalm 46:

“Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth!” (v. 10)

Be still.  I like that!  Don’t panic, don’t rush around, don’t go crazy.  Be still.  Stop.  Rest.  Be renewed.  He IS GOD!  He is in control! 

Let’s be praying for the President, praying for our Government officials Health care experts and prayer, especially for Revival!

I for one am looking forward to seeing how the Lord is going to be exalted in all of this.

God bless you, church.  Be safe, we love you.

 

Pastor Rob