Scripture Reading: Psalms 46:1-11
When trouble comes, turn to the Lord for strength and help. Turn to the Bible to find the promises of God’s help in your trouble. Believe the promises and pray them back to God. Trust God to help you. He will, as you stand by faith on the sure promises of His word. Your trouble is God’s opportunity to show you His faithfulness. “The Lord of hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge.” (Psalms 46:11) This verse refers to God’s covenant. He promised in His covenant to be the refuge or safe place for all who trust His covenant word.
The Lord is with all who trust Him. Trust is a confident assurance that God will do all that He has promised. He says to all believers, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6; Joshua 1:5; Hebrews 13:5) That’s His covenant promise. Doubt says, “But how can I know that God is really with me? What if He is not?” Faith says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalms 46:1) God is your help when trouble comes.
Jacob cried out in Genesis 42:36: “Everything is against me!” And so towards the end of his life, we hear Jacob make the same confession that the Psalmist made years later. He said, “The Lord is my shepherd” (Genesis 48:15), even though his life had been hard. The Lord led him through those valleys so that he might learn what it means to have God as his refuge.
People of God, when Jacob looked back at his life, he saw pain – yes – lots of pain. But he also saw something beautiful, because in all his agony, he saw that the Lord was fulfilling the promises his own way, and all Jacob had to do was be still, be quiet, be at rest, trusting; for the Lord would bring all of his promises to fulfilment. That’s why this Psalm boasts: Even though the earth change, though the mountains shake into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble, “The God of Jacob is our refuge!” Even though the nations rage, kingdoms totter, the God of Jacob is our refuge! (Psalms 46: 1-3)
Although we all experience spiritual barrenness at some point in time of our lives (Psalms44), it is not the norm, for God desires to be near His people with help and comfort. In fact, the more I trust God to take care of things, the less stress I have in my life; the more sleep I get, and things turn out WAYS better. Beloved just trust in the ability of God to do all things and you will be happy for it. Only Jesus can save, Alleluia.
MASS: RED 1 Kgs 8:1-7. 9-13; Ps 132:6-7. 8-10 (R.8a); Accl. Mt. 4:23; Mk 6:53-56 AGATHA, V, MT M
Prayer Points:
1. Take the prayer for “Divine Protection” in “Amen: It is Done” (pg. 91).
2. Pray meditatively with Psalm 115:1-13
Exercise: Join the Daily Strength Prayer Network (DSPN) every Tuesday early morning prayer session. (Time: 1.00am to 2.00am).
DSPN Prayer Points:
1. Take the Healing prayer of command in AMEN IT IS DONE, page 72.
2. Pray for all those preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ in the most dangerous part of the world.
Meditation: Psalms 9:9.