1 To the Chief Musician. [A Psalm] of the sons of Korah. A Song for Alamoth. God [is] our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 [Though] its waters roar [and] be troubled, [Though] the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah 4 [There is] a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy [place] of the tabernacle of the Most High. 5 God [is] in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. 6 The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. 7 The LORD of hosts [is] with us; The God of Jacob [is] our refuge. Selah 8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has made desolations in the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I [am] God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The LORD of hosts [is] with us; The God of Jacob [is] our refuge. SelahPSALM 46:1-11
WE WILL NOT FEAR
A bee stung my grandfather and then landed on me. I was afraid and I jumped back. My grandpa simply brushed it off of me and said, “look, no stinger!” He had taken the sting and so the bee had no stinger left, it was dead or dying and so I didn’t have to be afraid anymore.
I saw a woman playing with a skunk once. I thought it was so odd. I asked why he never sprayed her or why she didn’t stink and she said that, “This skunks glands had been removed.” He didn’t have the capacity to cause harm or a stench anymore and so anyone could pet him.
What are you afraid of? What is the worse case scenario? What is the most terrible thing that could ever happen?… God is bigger! He is greater! Nothing can still His mighty hand! He has removed the stinger and the stench of those things that cause us fear… especially death.
The psalmist reminds us about how great it is to take refuge in the Lord. We can face our fears when we know that God is greater than anything that would come against us. We can stand up when we know our greatest enemy is destined to fall. It doesn’t mean that we won’t face some scarry scenarios in our lives. Indeed the bible is filled with those who faced persecution, famine, war, flood, and more. But what it does mean is that especially during those times that God is our refuge, our shield, our protector. We can face the enemy, even death, knowing that he had taken the sting out of it.
Father, I confess that there are many things in this life that cause my knees to go weak. There are fears I have of things that are both real and imagined. I am grateful that when I trust in you as my rock and my refuge that I don’t have to be afraid. I am grateful that you watch over me. You provide for me. You protect me. You keep me from harm. you have conquered the greatest enemy I have known, sin and death, and have placed me securely in your right hand. I trust in you. Like David facing Goliath. I will not be afraid. Death has been defeated. I hope in you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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