You know, I don’t often ignore scripture, but when I do, it’s because I come across something that hits me like a ton of bricks and I feel as though I don’t even need to read anymore. At least, not for a little bit, while I bask in its profundity for a moment.
Psalm 46 does just that. With that first verse quoted above, it’s like we don’t need to hear anything more to feel that strong and secure presence of God. The rest of the psalm just further drives that point home.
Now, I’m not suggesting that we pick and choose parts of scripture to read (or to ignore), but I am suggesting that we take a moment to let that one verse percolate in our minds. Focus on that one line. Allow it to seep into every crevice of our lives, every dark corner, every area in which we feel weak, alone or afraid. And then remember: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
What more do we really need?
God, our refuge and strength, we know that you are a very present help in our trouble. Remind us of this promise always as we continue through this crazy life of ups and downs. Amen. — NF