Psalms 46: Having Hope in God
Psalms 46 makes me think about fear. It makes me think about all of the things that happen around here on earth. However, if God is our strength, we have a reason to hope. That reason is God.
Psa 46:1 To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psa 46:2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Psa 46:3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
We need to break this one down. First, we hear about God being our refuge and our strength. He helps us when we are having problems. Notice that this is the assumption being made about God. The purpose of this chapter is not dealing with whether or not God does exist. Based on the personal experience of the writer, it is evident that God does exist.
Now, because this God exists who is our refuge and strength, we will not fear no matter what may happen here on earth. However, notice the items that are listed. These are things that are beyond human control. The earth might basically self-destruct, but we don’t need to worry because we have God with us.
If we don’t need to worry during these cataclysmic events, then we certainly don’t need to worry when the endless series of little things that go wrong during the day happen. If God is watching out for us when the whole world blows up, He would certainly be watching out for us every day as well.
We don’t need to live a life of fear. Even if bad things happen, we can have confidence that nothing is happening that is surprising God. He will be with us through it, and that is definitely better than having to face it alone. We have hope through the eternal promises of God rather than in our temporary state here on earth.