“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
When it rains, we open our umbrella or run for shelter. When there is a storm we prefer to get into a building and wait it out until the storm is over. We find refuge in the place that keeps us safe from the storm outside. Similarly when a stranger attacks us we run to our loved ones for help, comfort and understanding. They team up with us and fight back for our sake.
Children run to the parents when they are hurt or feel they are danger. They know that their parents will do something about the problem they face. However we face many situations in our lives when there is no one beside us. Just like when you are new to a hostel and everyone is a stranger to you.
David saw many situations when his life was in danger and he was pursued by enemies. Yet he assures himself as he sings, ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble..’ David knew God had saved his life from the lion, the bear and Goliath. He loved God and was sure that God would keep him safe no matter what came up against him.
David calls God’s help ‘ever-present’. Our family and friends may not be with us always, but God is always present with us. God doesn’t watch over us like the local watchman… Psalm 121:4 says, ‘He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.’ So great is the love of God for each of us that He doesn’t even close His eyes. Yes He watches over you, you can trust Him with everything, just anything and everything in your life.
“Dear Jesus, thank You for keeping me safe in every situation of my life. I am indebted to Your great love for me, help me to stay close to You always, Amen.”