When trouble comes our way, it’s easy to buy into the lie that God has abandoned us.
Because surely, if God was really here, He wouldn’t allow my teenager to wind up with the wrong crowd, right? If God really cared, He wouldn’t let me deal with infertility this long, right? And if God truly was all-powerful, He would have saved me from this misfortune, tragedy, and affliction by now—right?
We may not understand why trouble is knocking at the door and why God allowed it into our lives. We may not be able to see how good could possibly come from our hardship, and it may seem like evil is winning and God is silent.
But know that God is certainly not silent. He has not deserted us. And He is more powerful than anything the devil, our sin, or this world could throw our way.
Specifically, God has given us His Word, so we could hear His voice and know the truth. And in this psalm, we see that God is not far off or helpless—rather, He is an ever-present help in times of trouble. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us, and He is fighting on our behalf.
So even when trouble raises plenty of question marks, we don’t have to wonder about the Lord’s presence. We can know with definitiveness that He is here. Not a second will go by without His presence surrounding us. And His hand is always outstretched willing to help us. Just like the sons of Korah experienced, God will surely raise us from our fallen state.
- How have you been tempted to believe God has abandoned you?
- Commit to memory Psalm 46:1, so as soon as that lie crosses your mind, you can combat it with truth: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
For the choir director: A song of the descendants of Korah, to be sung by soprano voices.
1 God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
3 Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Interlude
4 A river brings joy to the city of our God,
the sacred home of the Most High.
5 God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.
From the very break of day, God will protect it.
6 The nations are in chaos,
and their kingdoms crumble!
God’s voice thunders,
and the earth melts!
7 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress. Interlude
8 Come, see the glorious works of the Lord:
See how he brings destruction upon the world.
9 He causes wars to end throughout the earth.
He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
11 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress.
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