Psalm 46:1 - God Is Our Refuge, Strength And Ever-Present Help.

Psalm 46:1 (NKJV) God is our refuge and 
strength, A very present help in trouble.  


The fear of mountains or cities suddenly 
crumbling into the sea as the result of an earthquake 
or a nuclear blast haunts many people today. 
But the psalm writer says that even if the world 
were to end, we need not fear. In the face of 
utter destruction, the writer expressed a quiet 
confidence in God's ability to save him. It seems 
impossible to consider the end of the world without 
becoming consumed by fear, but the Bible is clear - 
God is our refuge even in the midst of total 
destruction. He is not merely a temporary retreat; he is 
our eternal refuge and can provide strength in 
any circumstance. [Life Application SB] 


   While engaged in our daily work, we 
should lift the soul to heaven in prayer. These 
silent petitions rise like incense before the 
throne of grace; and the enemy is baffled. The 
Christian whose heart is thus stayed upon God cannot 
be overcome. No evil arts can destroy his 
peace. All the promises of God's word, all the 
power of divine grace, all the resources of 
Jehovah, are pledged to secure his deliverance. It 
was thus that Enoch walked with God. And God was 
with him, a present help in every time of 
need. {GW 254.2}   
   Prayer is the breath of the soul. It is 
the secret of spiritual power. No other means of 
grace can be substituted, and the health of the 
soul be preserved. Prayer brings the heart into 
immediate contact with the Well-spring of life, and 
strengthens the sinew and muscle of the religious 
experience. Neglect the exercise of prayer, or engage in 
prayer spasmodically, now and then, as seems 
convenient, and you lose your hold on God. The spiritual 
faculties lose their vitality, the religious 
experience lacks health and vigor.  {GW 254.4}   
   It is only at the altar of God that we 
can kindle our tapers with divine fire. {GW 

   With the large family we have, I created 
an online, ready-made, grocery shopping list. 
With one click, all of the typical items we buy 
are put into our virtual cart, and I scan down 
the list to see if there is anything we don't 
   Recently, I've created a "Hoping List." 
These are scriptures that I turn to when my hope 
is gone. When I am discouraged, I read verses 
that remind me that the Lord delivers me out of 
my troubles (Psalm 34:17-19) and He is close to 
the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3). When I am 
overwhelmed, I read that I can cast my burdens to the 
Lord (Psalm 55:22). When I am weary, I am 
reminded that those who wait on the Lord shall renew 
their strength (Isaiah 40:31). 
   I find hope by exchanging my worries with 
the truth in God's Word. Scripture reminds me to 
turn to Jesus, to still my thoughts, and to trust 
Him (Colossians 3:2). Hope isn't limited to my 
own resources. Instead, I can tap into Jesus's 
abundance anytime. God's Word doesn't cost a penny 
(unlike groceries). Just as my online shopping list 
is accessible to me anytime day or night, so is 
my Hope. 
   My "Hoping List" reminds me that even 
though I sometimes get low on hope, replenishing it 
is only an arm's length away in my Bible, and 
Jesus is only a prayer away. Tricia Gayer 
   Faith Step: Create your own "Hoping 
List," Write down the scriptures noted in this 
devotion and more of your favorites. Keep this list 
in a place that you can turn to often, whenever 
you run out of hope. [Mornings With Jesus 2023 
Devotional by Guideposts and Zondervan] 


   The psalmist David writes, "God is our 
refuge and strength, an ever-present help in 
trouble." Nothing is more suffocating, more soul 
stifling, than hopelessness. This dark feeling spreads 
when we fail to sense God's hand or the presence 
of His help in hardship. It's demoralizing to 
feel as though He is off somewhere in His wide 
universe, distracted by a billion other needs bigger 
than ours. Hope, however, is built on fact. And 
the fact is, God never takes time off from 
tending to our needs. When troubles come, He doesn't 
back away to allow Satan a free hand. It isn't 
just God's assistance that's accessible at all 
times; the psalmist declares that God Himself is 
the always-present help in every trial. The Lord 
of light is your friend in darkness. The Lord 
of life stands beside you in death. The Lord of 
hope is your companion in despair. The Prince of 
Peace supports you when no peace can be found. The 
God of all comfort waits faithfully near you. 
   Yes. You are truly my refuge and 
strength, dear Lord. Thank You for always being 
present in my trials. When troubles cloud my 
horizon, when worries surround like a pack of wolves, 
when hope and courage drain away from my soul, 
You are as near as can be - as close as the air 
in my lungs and the blood in my veins. [A 
Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada and Larry 


More Attached To God
   A young Irishman, Joseph Scriven 
(1820-1886), was deeply in love with a young woman, and 
their marriage plans had been made. The night 
before their wedding, however, she drowned in a 
tragic accident. For months Scriven was bitter, in 
utter despair. 
   At last he turned to Christ, and through 
His grace, found peace and comfort. Out of this 
experience he wrote the familiar hymn that has brought 
consolation to millions of aching hearts: "What a friend 
we have in Jesus / All our sins and griefs to 
   Sometimes our way lies in the sunlight. 
it was so for Joseph Scriven as he approached 
his wedding day. But like him, we may find that 
our path also leads through the dark shadows of 
loss, disappointment, and sorrow. 
   Yet even sorrows turn to blessings when 
they make us less attached to the earth and more 
attached to God. Then more than ever we discover that 
Jesus truly is our friend - "All our sins and 
griefs to bear!"  
   Lord, may every earthly loss serve to 
lead me to the Cross.  Whatever good things come 
and go in this life, let the cry of my heart 
always be, God is all I need.  [Hope for Each 
Day by Billy Graham] 


God Alone Knows Our Future
   The longer we walk with the Lord, the 
more we realize that we really don't know what 
each new day may bring. A phone call can come in 
the middle of the night shattering our joy. 
Suddenly everything changes. It's amazing what a 
knock at the door can bring or what the opening of 
a letter can do. 
   I don't say these things to conjure up 
fear in our hearts, but simply to remind us that 
God alone knows our future. And there's no 
safer, no better, no more rewarding place to be 
than in the nucleus of His will, regardless of 
where that may be. 
   We are only finite human beings. We can 
only see the present and the past. The future is 
a little frightening to us. So we need to hold 
on to His hand and trust Him to calm our fears. 
And at those times when we're stubborn and 
resisting and God shakes us by the shoulders to get 
our attention, we're reminded that we don't call 
the shots, God has a plan for us, mysterious 
though it may seem, and we want to be in the center 
of it. 
   All the risks notwithstanding, the center 
of His will is still the safest place on earth 
to be. 
   There's no more rewarding place to be 
than in the nucleus of Gods will, regardless 
of where that may be. [Chuck Swindoll 


   I am your ever-present help. Many people 
stumble out of bed in the morning and head straight 
for the coffee pot. Though they are not yet 
thinking clearly, they are awake enough to move 
toward something that will help unscramble their 
thoughts. I perform a similar function for you when 
your mind stumbles in My direction. Ask Me to 
clear out the confusion so you can communicate 
deeply with Me. You have this amazing capacity 
because I created you in My own image.  
   As you wait in My Presence, I not only 
unscramble your thoughts, I straighten your path 
through the day. I am sovereign over every aspect of 
your life, so opening up the way before you is no 
problem for Me. Some people assume they don't have 
time to begin their day with Me. They don't 
realize how much I can facilitate their activities - 
removing obstacles and giving insights that save 
time. When you spend precious moments with Me, I 
compensate you generously: I clarify your thinking and 
smooth out the circumstances of your life. (Psa. 
46:1; Gen. 1:27; Jer. 32:17; Psa. 33:20) [Jesus 
Always by Sarah Young] 

   This is what I say - I who made you, who 
formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do 
not be afraid. I have always been involved in 
your life, even before you were born. Because you 
are Mine, purchased with My own blood, you can 
count on My promise to help you as you journey 
through this world. This is how you gain victory 
over fear: through trusting in My ever-present 
   The problem arises when you gaze too long 
into the future, trying to visualize and take 
control of those not-yet events. A future-focus can 
easily deteriorate into a problem-focus. Weeds of 
worry and fear spring up quickly in this sort of 
"soil." When you realize this has happened, turn 
away from your worries and back to the One who is 
lovingly present with you. Rejoice that I will still 
be with you when you arrive at each coming 
stage of your journey. Lean hard on My Presence, 
trusting Me to help you today - and all the days of 
your life. (Isa. 44:2; Psa. 46:1; 23:6) [Jesus 
Always by Sarah Young] 


Psalm 46:1 - God Is Our Refuge, Strength And 
Ever-Present Help.