Tuesday, July 1, 2014

GOD IS OUR FORTRESS

In Psalm 46:1 we read: “God is . . . a very present help in trouble.” Our God is present now! He was our help in ages past but He is a very present help now, today—in the midst of any and all troubles.

“Therefore will not we fear” (46:2). We have no need to fear because our God is a consuming fire, a defender and shield for His children.

“God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). He is altogether faithful and true to His Word.

“God is in the midst of [His temple]; she shall not be moved” (Psalm 46:5). My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit—and He says He is in the midst of that temple. Christ Himself makes His abode, His dwelling place, within my heart and I cannot be moved or shaken! “The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved” (46:6). Let the heathen rage, let all the kingdoms of the earth be shaken and moved. Our God will completely destroy all demonic attackers.

“He maketh wars to cease . . . he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear . . . he burneth the chariot in the fire” (46:9). He is my army against my enemies, against those who make war against me. “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper. . . . This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17).

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (46:10). I will rest completely in the knowledge that He is God. He is my God, my Redeemer, my Defender—the sovereign Lord over all by affairs. I am surrounded by His presence in the pavilion of His love and I will stand firm and behold His majesty and glory!

“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust. . . . I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from my enemies” (Psalm 18:2-3).