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God our refuge!

Scripture reading for June 12th: Psalms 42-49

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Psalm 46:1-3

God’s ability to protect His people and help them in trouble is well documented.  He delivered David as a shepherd boy from the lion and the bear and then from the giant, Goliath.  He was able to deliver an entire nation from slavery in Egypt and then to protect them from the most powerful army on earth as they were being pursued.  Our God is a refuge and strength!  Fear not!

“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.  God is within her, she will not fall’ God will help her at the break of day.  Nations are in an uproar, kingdoms fall; He lifts His voice, the earth melts.  The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.  Selah Psalm 46:4-7

The source of strength was found within the Holy Place in the temple of the Most High God!  God’s presence was likened to a river of refreshing and life-giving water.  All who belonged to God would have this source of water available to them.  In the midst of confusion of the nations, God’s voice melted the earth, causing kingdoms to fall.  He Himself was their fortress and protection during judgment and war!

“He makes wars to cease to the ends of the earth, He breaks the bow and shatters the spear, He burns the shields with fire.  Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:9-10

God will ultimately bring peace to this troubled world.  We must silence our lips from fretting and fear and unbelief!  God now lives within us and His Holy temple is our body!    The Spirit is the river of Living Water that will refresh us and take us into the ultimate victory–life eternal!    (John 4:14, 7:38)

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