Fortress of Refuge

Published on 08 March 2011 by in Encouragement


“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, NIV).

Let’s face it we tend to be forgetful and fearful people. Especially when feeling vulnerable and facing something that attempts to destroy us or someone we love!

Psalm 46 provides great reminders about who God is, especially when we face impossible times and troubles. God is present. He is strength. He is protection. He is a refuge and a fortress, oh so ready to help. Do we experience Him in this way? What does it take to do so? Every fortress requires a water supply. In this fortress of protection, He is also the river that brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God himself lives in that city that cannot be destroyed.

Three times in Psalm 46 we are reminded that He IS with us. Three times we are reminded that He IS our fortress, our refuge.

We live in Him, he lives in us to protect our encounter with life’s earthquakes hurricanes, storms, uproars or crumbles. Let’s not forget that our troubles are our invitation, opportunity and call to be still and know that He is God – and that we are not! We are to seek that stillness today and everyday – this is prayer.

As we seek YOU today dear Lord, may we truly rest in your help, strength, peace, presence, and protection so others will want to experience You too! Thank you for your help!

©2011 Dr. Karen Braun

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