Ps.46:1,2 – God is our refuge and strength,
A very ready help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth shakes
And the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
These last two years have been quite like a roller coaster; extreme highs and lows, God in the midst of it all. Of course, my highest peak of the last two years was at the same time as my lowest valley. Hospitalized, not able to breath with Covid, and Jesus comes to me in my hospital room. He quoted Psalm 46 to me exactly out of the translation I happened to be reading (NASB 2020). As I heard these two verses, I was immediately in the Spirit. I knew He was healing me, and I instantly knew a new season was beginning for my life and ministry. His words are like no other; filled with comfort, healing, power, and wisdom. Here is how Matthew Henry describes this verse:
“To triumph in God, and his relation to us and presence with us, especially when we have had some fresh experiences of his appearing in our behalf: God is our refuge and strength; we have found him so, he has engaged to be so, and he ever will be so. Are we pursued? God is our refuge to whom we may flee, and in whom we may be safe and think ourselves so; secure upon good grounds. Are we oppressed by troubles? Have we work to do and enemies to grapple with? God is our strength, to bear us up under our burdens, to fit us for all our services and sufferings; he will by his grace put strength into us, and on him we may stay ourselves. Are we in distress? He is a help, to do all that for us which we need, a present help, a help found (so the word is), one whom we have found to be so…”
I thought it was unusual that Henry referred to “some fresh experiences of his appearing in our behalf.” He is our ready help and present help in whatever circumstance we may be in. He is our strength, always actively involved in helping us. He fills us with His strength, the grace of God where we can overcome all of our weaknesses. If enemies or troubles are chasing us, He is our refuge to Whom we run for safety. He is my ready help, He is my present help; I can rest completely in Him.